Natural Yard Care
Sign up for a workshop
Get ready for another series of Natural Yard Care workshops this April! Whether you’re a beginning gardener wanting to learn the basics or if you're already well-acquainted with your yard and want to dig into some more advanced topics, Natural Yard Care offers something for everyone. Sign up online beginning March 2 to save your spot in one, two, or all three workshops hosted by Tilth Alliance.
It feels great to go natural!
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.
Learn how to manage pests naturally at growsmartgrowsafe.org.
Tired of troublesome weeds taking over your lawn? If you can't beat' em, eat 'em!
Check out some useful tips for environmentally-friendly moss prevention and treatment from our partners at Puget Sound Starts Here.
Learn why pollinators like bees, butterflies, bugs, and others are critical to our ecosystems and how you can help create a pollinator-friendly garden.
West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can infect humans, birds, horses, and other animals. Learn how to keep mosquitoes away.
Read tips about how to save water and learn whether you qualify for any rebates through the Saving Water Partnership.
Learn how to care for your yard and garden naturally throughout the year.
We hope you're able to join us for at least one of our three natural yard care workshops this April. Check out the workshop schedule, then sign yourself up!