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Yard Care

Residential Yard Care Survey

We are conducting a survey to learn about residential yard care practices. This quick survey shouldn't take longer than 5 to 10 minutes. Your responses to the survey will help us to improve our natural yard care education and outreach programming.

If you enter your email address at the end of the survey, we will send you a FREE subscription to the Chinook Book mobile coupon pack for your smartphone. With the app, you'll get 12 months of access to hundreds of sustainable local merchants, including many located right here in Kirkland.

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Natural Yard Care Classes

Growing a Healthy Lawn and Garden
Sunday, April 23 – 1 to 3 pm
Healthy soil is the key to a vibrant and robust lawn and garden. Learn what makes soil work for your plants and how to improve it to save water, reduce maintenance and keep your plants growing stress-free. We will also explore the best lawn choices for the Pacific Northwest and how to manage weeds in your lawn naturally. Some class time will be spent outdoors examining soils and trying out new lawn care practices.
Class Presentation
Student Outline

Class Resources
Natural Lawn Care for Western Washington
Living with Wildlife - Moles
Phosphorus and Home Lawns
Soil Resources for Edible Gardening
King Conservation District Soil Testing Programlinks to external site

Smart Water Management for your Garden
Sunday, April 30 – 1 to 3 pm
Dry summers and wet winters bring Northwest gardeners seasonal challenges to keeping lawns and gardens healthy. Learn how to design and plant to take advantage of both extremes – from drought tolerant plants to rain gardens. We will explore plant choices, review best planting techniques and discuss water management techniques for both winter and summer. We will spend some time outdoors planting and investigating drip systems in the Tilth Alliance Learning Garden on site.
Class Presentation
Student Outline

Class Resources
Smart Watering
Soaker Hoseslinks to external site

Benefitting from Beneficial Insects
Sunday, May 7 – 1 to 3 pm
Did you know that only 1% of the insects in your garden are causing damage to your plants? The majority of insects are busy pollinating your flowers or preying on plant-eating insects. Learn how to create a habitat that welcomes the beneficial insects found in a typical garden, keep them in the garden and avoid gardening practices that cause them harm. We will get some close-up looks at different beneficial friends and spend time outdoors on a flower identification and insect tour. 
Class Presentation
Student Outline

Class Resources
Encouraging Beneficial Insects in Your Garden
Attract Beneficial Bugs!
Get Acquainted with Some Insects
Selecting Plants for Pollinators
10 Reasons Why Bumblebees are Important to Your Garden
Key Points for Growing Healthy Edible Flowers
Wildlife Gardening Resources
Stink Bugs
Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugslinks to external site

What’s the Problem?

Our yards can enhance the beauty of our homes, be a source of pride and be a great place for relaxing. But in taking care of our lawns and gardens, we often use water inefficiently, produce a lot of yard waste and overuse chemicals that are bad for the environment and our families’ health.

What Can We Do? Twinberry

By making some simple changes in how we care for our yards, we can have great looking landscapes that are easier to care for and healthier for families, pets, wildlife and our environment.

Natural yard care is the practice of working with nature in the maintenance of our yards and gardens. It requires less water, less chemicals and less time than conventional yard care.

Start with these 5 steps:

1. Build healthy soil with compost and mulch
2. Plant right for your site
3. Practice smart watering
4. Think twice before using pesticides
5. Practice natural lawn care


Natural Yard Care Neighborhoodsexternal link icon- Tips, resources and materials for taking care of your yard and garden naturally. All workshop resources can be found here.

Grasscycling (PDF) – Information on mulch-mowing for a healthy yard.

The Garden Hotlineexternal link icon- Individualized solutions to garden problems that are practical, safe, effective, and natural. Ask Garden Hotline staff questions about your Northwest garden.

Northwest Native Plant Guidelinks to external site– A guide to creating your own native plant landscape. Includes a native plant guide, landscaping plans and how-to articles.

Noxious Weeds in King Countyexternal link icon- Weed identification guide and resources for noxious weed control.

Public Works
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033
Operations & Maintenance
Mon-Fri, 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
915 8th St, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
Engineering: T. 425.587.3800 | F. 425.587.3807
Operations & Maintenance: T. 425.587.3900 | F. 425.587.3902