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The fastest growing sector of the landscape industry is providing services that minimize chemical use and water waste, and maximize plant health and efficient resource use. Get started with Natural Landscaping: Design, Build, Maintain (pdf).

Use these resources to learn more about:

Quick tips

  • Group plants by water need, and match them to each irrigation zone. Select low water use varieties.
  • Use Irrigation Association certified designers.
  • Schedule irrigation based on plant needs and weather, see a list of sprinkler watering calculators on the Garden Washington website.
  • Zone turf separately, and consider letting low-wear turf go dormant.
  • Test irrigation systems annually, and observe monthly to find and repair broken or misdirected heads
  • Install weather or soil-based irrigation controllers that adjust controller runtimes according to the weather or the moisture content in the soil.

More information

Natural Landscaping: Design, Build, Maintain (pdf)

Ecologically Sound Lawn Care (pdf) – 90-page manual, or a short summary Sustainable Lawn Care for NW Professionals (pdf)

Questions? Call the Garden Hotline at (206) 633-0224 or email

Related Links

Natural Pest, Weed and Disease Control – Practical IPM approach and resource links

Watering and Irrigation – Irrigation tips and rebates for system upgrades

Choose the Right Plant for Your Site – Plant lists, planting, and plant care tips