Our yards can enhance the beauty of our homes, be a source of pride and be a great place for relaxing. But when we take 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
Learn more at naturalyardcare.org
Natural Yard Care- 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.
Managing Rainwater Around Your Home (PDF - 1.2MB) - An introduction to slowing the flow of rainwater around your home.
Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington Homeowners (PDF - 19MB) - Guide for helping residents plan, design and build rain gardens.
12,000 Rain Gardens- A campaign to install 12,000 rain gardens in the Puget Sound region.