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Get ‘Green’ Yard Care Tips at Free Gig Harbor Workshops

Mar 27, 2017

TACOMA, Wash. – Spring is here, and it’s time to get your yard in shape. But how can you spruce up your yard while protecting the environment? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and the city of Gig Harbor will help you take your yard from good to great—while protecting the environment— in a series of free workshops.

The Natural Yard Care Workshops are April 19 and 23 and May 3 at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St. in Gig Harbor. Each workshop is 6:30-8:30 p.m., does not require registration, and will include snacks, coffee, prizes, and expert advice on green yard care.

“Harsh chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers used in gardening can run off of your yard and pollute our drinking water, lakes and beaches,” said Walt Burdsall, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department environmental health specialist. “The workshops offer ways to protect our water and create great yards for less,” Burdsall said.

Local and regional experts will lead workshops about:

Secrets of a Lazy Gardener

April 19

Marianne Binetti

Work smarter, not harder. Win the battle of the weed war, cut down on pruning, mowing, and feeding, plus get some dirt-cheap tips to save you money. Binetti is a North West horticultural expert and writes a syndicated gardening column that runs in The News Tribune and more than a dozen other publications.

Natural Yard Care: Work Less for a Better Looking Yard!

April 23

Ladd Smith

Create and maintain a landscape that is healthy for people, pets, and the planet. Smith’s natural, organic approach focuses on building healthy soil, choosing the right plants, and using wise watering techniques. See how sustainable practices can help you have a beautiful landscape that naturally performs well, be less work, and save you money. Smith is a Seattle area landscape designer, horticulturist, and speaker.

The Right Plant in the Right Space!

May 3

Scott Vergara

Plants do best when planted in the right place. Understand the different needs of landscape plants, where to plant them in your yard, and how to keep them healthy and thriving. Learn ways to integrate a variety of plants throughout your landscape and what works well and where. Vergara is the owner of Woodland Gardens nursery and has many decades of gardening experience.

You don’t have to register for the workshops, but you can sign up for a reminder. Contact Burdsall at (253) 798-4708 or 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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