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Natural Yard Care

Five Steps to Natural Yard Care

Learn to grow a beautiful landscape while protecting your family’s health and the environment. You can also save time, money and resources! Learn about the five steps to natural yard care in the Natural Yard Care guide (English PDF), El cuidado natural del jardín (Spanish PDF) or by following the below links: 

  1.    Build healthy soil – Use compost and mulch and fertilize responsibly. 
  2.    Plant right for your siteFind plants that will thrive in conditions that you and your yard can provide. 
  3.    Practice smart watering – Water efficiently for plants and the environment. 
  4.    Think twice before using chemicals – Identify and control pests and weeds without chemicals 
  5.    Practice natural lawn care – Grow a healthy lawn with less water, chemicals and maintenance. 

Have questions? Ask the experts at the Garden Hotline at or 206-633-0224.

 Videos of Past Classes

Herbs, Herbs & More Herbs! - VIDEO

 Natural Yard Care HerbIt’s easy to grow herbs in the ground and in containers for fresh herbs year round. Join Master Gardener Joan Helbacka for a discussion on herbs that thrive in our area. She will provide tips and ideas on growing, propagating and using a variety of herbs for cooking and landscaping.  

Container Gardening for Healthy Eating - VIDEO

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Whether you have a small balcony or a large backyard, containers offer wonderful opportunities to grow vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers. Colin McCrate is the author of Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard (Mountaineers Books, 2012) and owner of Seattle Urban Farm Company, which builds edible gardens at homes and restaurants, and teaches new gardeners the art of growing their own healthy food. Join Colin to learn about types of containers, soil, fertilization, pest management, and how to keep your plants happy throughout the season. Don’t miss this presentation with a true expert!  

Pest, Weed, and Disease Control - VIDEO

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Controlling pests and weeds can be a gardener’s worst nightmare! Learn to prevent and manage pests, weeds, and disease in your yard without using chemicals that endanger children, pets, and beneficial insects. Laura Matter has over 30 years of horticultural experience, and has heard nearly every gardening conundrum as she answers questions at the Garden Hotline, a program that offers free advice to gardeners and landscapers. Join Laura to learn the techniques of Integrated Pest Management, and how to navigate the “organic” products available on the market. For more information about the Garden Hotline, call 206-633-0224 or email

Jardinería en Otoño - VIDEO

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¡Manténgase ocupado este otoño trabajando en el jardín! Las bajas temperaturas y los suelos húmedos fomentan el crecimiento de raíces fuertes, es por esto que el otoño es momento ideal para preparar jardines para el invierno y la primavera. Aprenda los fundamentos de la preparación del suelo, sembrado adecuado, y como crear hábitat para la fauna silvestre durante el invierno. Ponente Stuart Vázquez, director de la Revista EcoLógica. Aproveche esta oportunidad de escuchar a Stuart y que sus preguntas sean respondidas por personal de “Garden Hotline”.


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For more information on Natural Yard Care:

- Visit King County's Natural Yard Care Page
- Download Natural Yard Care Guide (PDF) 
- Contact The Garden Hotline at or 206-633-0224 for answers to all of your gardening questions—this service is FREE!

Para obtener información sobre jardinería orgánica en español haga clic aquí.

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