Natural Yard Care

Why Natural Yard Care

Rain washes pesticides and fertilizers off lawns and gardens into nearby storm drains and local waterways. Natural yard care techniques will grow healthy, beautiful, and easy-to-care-for yards and gardens that are safer for your family, pets, and the environment.

Five Easy Steps to Natural Yard Care

Download the Natural Yard Care guide (PDF) to learn how to put these steps into practice. This guide provides a handy calendar for you to follow each season.

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Step 1 - Build Healthy Soil

With compost and mulch your soil - and your garden - will be healthier, while reducing your water bill, improving water quality in our streams, and transforming your yard into a lower maintenance garden.

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Step 2 - Plant Right for Your Site

Reduce maintenance in your garden by selecting pest- and disease-resistant plant varieties that will thrive in your site's unique conditions (sun, shade, moisture, use).

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Step 3 - Practice Smart Watering

Did you know that watering too much or too little is the cause of many common plant problems in our area? You can have healthier plants, save money on water bills, reduce runoff, and conserve precious water by learning to give your lawn and garden just what they need, and no more.

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Step 4 - Think Twice Before Using Pesticides

The good news is there free local resources to diagnose garden problems and least toxic options when controls are needed. These guides offer resources and steps to natural pest, weed and disease control. You can avoid costly and harmful pesticides and have a healthier, easier to care for yard.

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Step 5 - Practice Natural Lawn Care

It's easy to put these steps to work in our lawns, where we use the most pesticides, fertilizer, and water, and work too hard.