No matter what I do to the front yard whether grass, sod and plants they simply will not live longer than 3 weeks to a month. Yard, you win, I give up. I finally admitted the yard won. While I still have half the front yard outside the fence with nice grass, here is the before and after pictures of the new yard redo. This is permanent so I should be done for good this time. Along with the pile of rocks I started with. 5 yards is a whole lotta rock.