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Yard Care

Upcoming Classes

Design a Yard Your Plants Will LoveYard care-fall
Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Ave

Learn how to design and plant a yard that will weather our wet winters and dry summers – while remaining vibrant, healthy, and low maintenance. Explore beautiful Pacific Northwest plant choices that will thrive in your yard’s conditions, best planting methods, and simple techniques for plant care whether it’s hot and dry or cold and wet outside.

Register for Design a Yard Your Plants Will Love

Cisterns, Rain Barrels, & Rain Gardens
Wednesday, September 25, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Ave

Want a water-wise feature in your yard? Have you heard about cisterns and rain gardens and want to know more? Join one of Tilth Alliance’s experts to learn about these different techniques for managing rainwater on your property and how to determine what’s most appropriate for your property. This class will give an overview of the basic design steps for each type of project as well as maintenance strategies. Participants will receive free resources, knowledge and great door prizes to get started on their water-wise yard right away! 

Register for Cisterns, Rain Barrels, & Rain Gardens

Autumn in the Garden
Saturday, September 28, 10 am to 12 pm
McAuliffe Park, 10824 NE 116th Street

Don’t put those gardening gloves away yet! While the days are getting cooler and shorter, autumn is an important season to get out in your garden. Prepare your yard for winter wildlife habitat, increase winter visual interest, and set the stage in your garden for next spring. Learn about what to plant in the fall, building healthy soil, providing for winter wildlife habitat, and other end-of-season landscaping tasks and the best way to accomplish them. 

This class features a short lecture and hands-on outdoor activities. Please dress for the weather.

Register for Autumn in the Garden


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

Planning a landscaping project? Kirkland property owners may be eligible for up to $3,500 in rebates! Learn more about our Yard Smart Rain Rewards program. 


Natural Yard Careexternal 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
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033
T. 425-587-3800 | F. 425-587-3807
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Operations & Maintenance
915 8th St, Kirkland WA 98033
T. 425-587-3900 24/7 | F. 425-587-3902
Mon-Fri, 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

General Inquiries - Contact us via the: 
Our Kirkland Customer Service Portal