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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!

Step One

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.

Step Two

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

Step Three

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.)


  • 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.)

  • Irrigation supplies



  • 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)

Step Four

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

  • 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. 

Step Five

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!

Don't forget to post before, during and after photos of your new My Avant Garden to our  Facebook, Pinterest and Houzz pages.  Share your photos and tips! 

Don't forget what the pros say...

           The first year they sleepThe second year they creep The third year they leap!             

IMPORTANT NOTICE Please note that My Avant Garden is not directly affiliated with any water agency rebate program.  If you would like to apply for the turf removal rebate program for Southern California, please visit your local water district website for more information.

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