Natural Yard Care Classes
Join us for the spring Natural Yard Care class series, held at McAuliffe Park (10824 NE 116th Street). They're fun, informative and free! All classes will have an outdoor, hands-on component. Tools and materials will be provided. Please dress for the weather and be ready to get your hands dirty!
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.
Natural Lawn Care for Western Washington
Living with Wildlife - Moles
Phosphorus and Home Lawns
Soil Resources for Edible Gardening
King Conservation District Soil Testing Program
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.
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.
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
Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugs
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.
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 Neighborhoods- 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 Hotline- Individualized solutions to garden problems that are practical, safe, effective, and natural. Ask Garden Hotline staff questions about your Northwest garden.
Northwest Native Plant Guide– A guide to creating your own native plant landscape. Includes a native plant guide, landscaping plans and how-to articles.
Noxious Weeds in King County- Weed identification guide and resources for noxious weed control.