Our yards are our outdoor homes - fun, beautiful, great spaces for relaxing. But in taking care of them, we often use water inefficiently, produce a lot of yard waste, and overuse chemicals that are bad for our families' health and our environment. The good news is that we can save money, time, and protect our health by making small changes in the way we care for our yards and lawns.
How to build a healthy yard
Our natural yard care website teaches you how to build healthy soil, plant right for your site, practice smart watering, eliminate the use of harmful pesticides, and practice natural lawn care. You'll also find great information on native plants and how to hire a professional landscaping company.
Skip the pesticides
Pesticides include some of the most hazardous chemicals commonly used in and around the home. Products that kill insects, weeds, bacteria and fungi may be hazardous to children, pets, birds, fish, other wildlife, and also to beneficial insects like bees and lady bugs.
Pesticides used in the yard or at the workplace can be carried inside on shoes and work clothes and mix with house dust. Young children, who crawl on the ground and put objects in their mouths, can then ingest the chemicals.
Rain and irrigation wash pesticides off of yards and carry them to streams, sometimes in amounts that can harm salmon or the aquatic organisms that are their food.
Curious about what it takes to return your stream, lake or wetland property to its more natural state? Want to learn ways you can support wildlife, enhance your property’s aesthetic, and reduce maintenance needs? Don't miss this FREE workshop for homeowners living along the water. Learn from restoration experts about managing stream, lake and wetland properties in a way that supports the environment and your land use needs.
Join us for one, two, or all three workshops this fall! This year's topics are Healthy Lawns and Gardens from the Ground Up, Smart Plant Choices for Northwest Gardens, and Hands-on Natural Yard Care Basics. Register online to save your spot!