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Northwest natural yard and garden

This page provides earth-friendly info about gardening and yard care. For similar info and programs for farmers in King County, please visit our King County agriculture page. 

Northwest native plant guide

Learn how to plant right for your site or replace your lawn with native plants with our landscaping plans.

Native plant nursery list

Find where to order northwest native plants in this list of native plant nurseries in Washington state.

Native plant resources

Discover native plant books, gardens, and other native plant resources.

Noxious weed identification and control

Noxious weeds are a danger to our environment and the economy. These introduced species cost our region millions of dollars in lost agricultural production, environmental degradation and added maintenance costs. Email us at or call us at 206-477-9333 for questions about noxious weeds.

Rain barrel info and resources for the Pacific Northwest

How to set up rain barrels to water your plans while reducing your water bill, and where to buy them. Using rain barrels helps reduce stormwater runoff and recharges groundwater.

Hazardous Wastemobile

The Hazardous Wastemobile can pick up your garden chemical waste. Find out when the Wastemobile will be in your neighborhood or call 1-888-869-4233 to schedule a pick up.

3 Million Trees

King County set an ambitious five-year goal in our 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan to plant, protect, and prepare a combined 3 million trees by the end of 2025.

Greening your shoreline

A tool for lakeshore property owners on Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish to improve shorelines for people and salmon.

Backyard composting

Composting transforms yard debris and food scraps into a valuable soil amendment. Learn how to compost in your backyard or with an onsite commercial container.

Yard Talk

A natural gardening show that shows how to easily care for your yard and garden in a way that's good for people, pets, and the environment.

Gardening- WSU King County Extension (external link)

Join the Master Gardeners program or find master gardener resources, peruse gardening topics for Western Washington, schedule presentations, or get tips on pesticides. 

How to build a rain garden (external link)

Rain gardens filter pollution from rainwater and support native plants. Learn how you can build a rain garden on your property.

Grow Smart Grow Safe- a Gardener's Guide (external link)

Learn clever time-tested tricks of ecologically-friendly gardening. This guide provides low toxic options for your yard and garden to limit your exposure to chemicals, avoid hurting good insects and birds, and protect our local waters.

Natural yard care (external link)

Practical tips on chemical-free gardening by Seattle Public Utilities. Learn how to build healthy soil, water wisely, choose pest-resistant plants, and practice natural lawn care.