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Yard Talk

Watch episodes from the Yard Talk series.

Yard Talk hosts

Yard Talk was hosted by gardening gurus Doug Rice and Greg Rabourn. Doug Rice, a trained landscape architect, and Greg Rabourn, a plant naturalist, combine their expertise to answer common questions about how to take the natural yard care approach.

Yard Talk was a natural gardening show that demonstrates how to easily care for yards and gardens in a way that's good for people, pets, and the environment. View Yard Talk episodes in the playlist below or choose a Yard Talk episode on Youtube

Yard Talk helpful resources

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Northwest native plant landscaping guide

Using native plants is a great way to create a healthier, low-maintenance yard. Use this new, award-winning "gardening tool" to search for native plants based on their characteristics, availability, ease of use, and ideal growing conditions. Create a customized plant list for shopping or planning.

Find more information at the northwest native plant landscaping guide

Common questions for the Yard Talk hosts

On the show, you talk about native plants. I understand they can be easier to maintain but I don't know much about them. Where do I start?

Check out the Northwest Native Plant Landscaping Guide. This online "gardening tool" allows you to browse through photos, sort by plant type and name, ease of use, availability and you can read detailed information about the plant's characteristics and ideal growing conditions. You can create a customized list for shopping or planning to save, print or email. You'll even find sample landscaping plans to help you get started. Go native!

When is the best time to plant trees and shrubs?

In King County, fall is the best time to plant. Wait until the autumn rains begin and start planting. This allows the tree to grow roots during the winter, and your tree will have a larger root system by the time the next summer’s drought arrives. Early spring is ok, but the plants will require more frequent watering to survive their first summer.

What is the recipe for Super Mulch for woody trees and shrubs?

One inch compost covered by three inches of wood chips or arborist tree trimmings.

What should I consider when hiring professional landscapers or designers and where can I find the ones that use environmentally responsible practices?

First, check out King County's publication, "How to Choose a Landscape Company". Print it out and have it with you as you begin your research.

Yard Talk is brought to you by KCTV and the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.