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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 watering advice

The amount of water your lawn and garden needs changes according to the weather, length of day, and root depth. Overwatering can be expensive and make your landscape more susceptible to disease. Check back every week for Mark’s weekly watering advice for those that 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