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Yard Care

Get Water Smart in Your Yard!
Wednesday, October 3 
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (11605 132nd Ave NE) - Room W401

Dry summers and wet winters make it challenging to keep Pacific Northwest lawns and gardens healthy. In this interactive presentation, we’ll take a look at drought-tolerant landscapes, rain gardens, cisterns and other practical solutions for getting water smart in your yard year-round. Participants will receive free resources, knowledge and great door prizes to get started on their water smart yard right away! Register for Get Smart in Your Yard!

DIY Site Assessment for a Beautiful Yard
Saturday, October 6
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
McAuliffe Park (10824 NE 116th Street)

Learn by doing! In this free hands-on class, join a Tilth Alliance expert and learn how to assess your yard - a first step in creating a beautiful, water smart landscape. A site assessment is a great tool for getting to know your yard’s characteristics - sun exposure, soil conditions and more, as well as revealing opportunities to meet your landscaping goals. Participants will receive free resources, knowledge and great door prizes for conducting a site assessment in their own yard. Register for DIY Site Assessment for a Beautiful Yard

​**Registration isn't required for our classes but helps us to prepare enough materials**

PAST Classes

Green Lawns and Gardens from the Ground Up

Class Presentation
Student Outline
Soil Resources for Edible Gardening
Phosphorus and Home Lawn: Quick Facts and Recommendations
Living with Moles

Smart Plant Choices for Northwest Gardens

Class Presentation
Student Outline
Attract Beneficial Bugs
Bird Friendly Plantings
Taste the Flowers


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 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
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