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Mark and Jocelyn Sloan’s 2013 front-yard vegetable garden. They garden in the front because that is where it is sunny, although there are more vegetables in the back. Mary Jane Breitling

Home & Garden: New front yard has many uses

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The conventional view of front yards is that they are regarded as public areas. The landscaping consists mainly of a large swath of manicured grass and a collection of shrubs planted along the foundation of the house. Times have changed, and many front yards, especially in new developments, have imaginative designs.

Some homeowners choose to take back the front yard for various reasons.

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