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Show Your Yard Some Love with Natural Yard Care

TACOMA, Wash.—You can get the tools you need to produce lush lawns, perfect plants, and fabulous flowers. Learn time and money-saving tips for environmentally-friendly yard care just in time for spring.

Gig Harbor and University Place will host natural yard care workshop series in April and May at:

Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St.
University Place City Hall, 3609 Market Pl. W.

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 water.

“Simple changes in the way we care for our yards can improve their beauty and protect our environment,” said Walt Burdsall, health promotion coordinator.

Workshop topics

Layering the Landscape with Marianne Binetti

April 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Gig Harbor

Learn three steps to fewer weeds, less watering and a beautiful landscape that makes Mother Nature happy. Binetti is a horticultural expert, author, speaker and writes a weekly syndicated garden column in the News Tribune.

Garden Solutions from Around the World with Marianne Binetti

April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Place

Learn how the great gardeners of the world deal with pests, weeds, create container gardens and maintain outstanding beauty.

Perfect Plant Combos for Every Yard with Nita-Jo Rountree

April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Gig Harbor

May 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Place

Learn the rules of landscape design to create easy planting in borders and containers. Rountree is an author, speaker, master gardener, board member of the Bellevue Botanical Garden, and frequent guest on Gardening with Ciscoe.

Native Plant Landscaping with Dana Bressette

April 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Place

May 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Gig Harbor

Learn tips and techniques to add beautiful, low-maintenance, native plants to your landscape. Grow the right plant in the right place. Bressette is an urban horticulturist and native plant expert at Woodbrook Nursery in Gig Harbor.

The free workshops will include coffee, snacks, and prizes. You don’t have to register. Questions? 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 to protect public health. We are one of roughly 244 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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