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Natural yard care

Learn 5 easy steps to a healthy, water-efficient landscape:

  1. Build healthy soil with compost and mulch
  2. Choose the right plants for your site
  3. Practice smart watering and irrigation
  4. Use natural pest, weed and disease control methods
  5. Practice natural lawn care

Or read about the 5 steps in the Natural Yard Care guide (pdf), or in Spanish El Cuidado Natural del Jardín (pdf).

Mark’s weekly lawn watering advice

If you keep your lawn green all summer long, it’s important to water it efficiently. Overwatering can be expensive and make your lawn more susceptible to disease. Check back every Saturday for Mark’s advice on how many days water your lawn the upcoming week if you live in the Puget Sound region.

Choose the right plant for the right place

The right plants for your site will grow deeper roots, have fewer pest problems, and need less water and work to look beautiful all year. Learn how to choose the right plant for the right place.

Save water each season


  • Mulch
  • Plant
  • Weed
  • Compost
  • Aerate lawns
  • Test irrigation


  • Mow higher
  • Go brown
  • Use drip irrigation
  • Use soaker hose


  • Mulch with leaves
  • Plant
  • Weed
  • Compost
  • Fertilize lawns


  • Plan for spring
  • Tune equipment
  • Harvest rain
  • Sharpen mowers
  • Weed and mulch