We have taken the time to design our kits in a way that is easy to understand and simple to install. Our goal is to provide you all the information and plants you will need to convert your lawn to a native plant garden. Conversion kits are for approx. 100-1100+ sq. feet. They are designed to be flexible for you to customize. We now offer a turn-key transformation including turf removal and installation!
Decide if you are going to use a rebate.
Check with your local water district to see if they are offering rebates for MyAvantGarden kits and apply for rebate, if using. Please note that your rebate must be approved BEFORE ordering your kit. We recommend you read the rebate terms and conditions. If you are not using a water district rebate program then skip to step #2.
Lawn removal .
MyAvantGarden kits are designed to be flexible. Either remove your lawn and install your MyAvantGarden kit yourself (DIY) or use our professional installation services. Installation begins with "bare dirt", so lawn must be removed prior to MAG installation. Lawn removal services are available in Southern Orange County only. For more information and pricing on lawn removal please call or email us at
What if the shape of my yard isn't exactly like the My Avant Garden plan?
As long as your front yard area (excluding the driveway) is roughly rectangular, between 300 and 1100 sq.ft. and is mostly planted area (not patio) we can modify the plan to fit. For more information, please email a photo and address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Purchase a kit & Prepare for the install.
(Don't forget that if you are using a rebate program you MUST receive a "Notice to Proceed" from your water agency before purchasing and installing your kit.)
ITEMS NOT PROVIDED IN THE DIY MY AVANT GARDEN KIT:
Organic compost (amount will be noted on the plan)
Organic Mulch (amount will be noted on the plan). Arborist tree chippings work well and are often free!
Bird baths, fountains, rain chains, rain barrels or statuary
Boulders or gravel* (see Resources for local suppliers).
Planters / containers
Hardscape (pavers, outdoor tile, etc.)
ITEMS PROVIDED IN THE INSTALLED VERSION OF YOUR MY AVANT GARDEN KIT:
Planting concept plan, live plants, instructions (for your reference), installation labor and materials:
Organic compost amendment and mulch
Water-conserving swale featuring 3 medium sized boulders, contouring for rain and pebbles
Optional: Irrigation nozzle retrofit* from spray to water-conserving rotating nozzles (*extra fee per nozzle for installation and aiming)
Install your garden - DIY version.
Look over the concept plan and determine your plant placement. We recommend you schedule your plant delivery so that you are able to plant within 1 to 3 days. If you have questions about minor modifications to your plan to fit your needs, please email email@example.com.
Amend soil with 1-2" organic compost to build soil health
Buy any gravel, boulders or statuary (bird bath, rain barrel, art, etc.)
Build swale/rain garden, if desired
Plant using your MyAvantGarden concept plan as a guide
Add mulch to protect soil and conserve water
Water (Retrofit irrigation to rotators, drip or microspray, if using)
Read over our recommended tips for establishing your new native plant garden.
Enjoy watching your garden grow!
Your garden will take a year to become established. Please see the "Establishing your Garden" note section on your My Avant Garden plan and send us a message or visit us at Tree of Life Nursery if you have questions!