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Free Longbranch Workshops Teach Natural Yard Care Tips

May 2, 2017

TACOMA, Wash. –Learn to cultivate your dream yard or garden just in time for spring. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will offer free workshops on the Key Peninsula to help you grow greener lawns, perfect plants, and delicious vegetables while protecting the environment.

The Natural Yard Care and Vegetable Gardening workshops are May 13, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Longbranch Improvement Club, 4312 Key Peninsula Hwy. S., in Longbranch. Experts will show you how to care for your yard or garden without chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides, which can enter the environment through yard runoff and pollute our drinking water, lakes, and beaches.

“Harsh chemicals are not the best way to manage your yard or garden,” said Walt Burdsall, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department environmental health specialist. “The natural alternatives we offer save time and money and keep pollutants out of the Puget Sound region,” Burdsall said.

The two workshops will cover:

Natural Yard Care: Great Looking Yard for Less Work and Money—10-10:45 a.m.

Learn tips to fight weeds, build healthy soil, choose the right plants, and have a great looking lawn without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Instructor: Walt Burdsall, Washington State University Master Gardener and Natural Yard Care program coordinator, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

Growing Great Vegetables—10:45 a.m.-noon

Learn easy ways to plant, grow, and harvest vegetables so you can enjoy them! Growing your own vegetables is fun, healthy and can save you money. Instructor: Colin Evoy, AmeriCorps Farm Nutrition coordinator, YMCA Camp Seymour.

The workshops are free and will include coffee, snacks, and prizes. Contact Burdsall at (253) 798-4708 or, if you have questions. Learn more about natural yard care any time at

About Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s mission is to protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County. As part of our mission, the Health Department tackles known and emerging health risks through policy, programs and treatment in order to protect public health. We are one of only 163 accredited health departments in the country and among six in the state to have met or exceeded the Public Health Accreditation Board’s quality standards. Learn more at

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