2022 Online Sustainable Yard Care Classes

This winter, King County Wastewater Treatment Division is partnering with the Snohomish Conservation District to offer an online series of six live classes, and one pre-recorded class focused on creating a healthy, low-maintenance landscape. These classes will be geared towards those who are new to the concepts of sustainable yard care practices. Join us for one or all of these free classes.

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Tips for designing a sustainable landscape and building healthy soilStarting from Scratch: Tips for designing a sustainable landscape
Thinking about transforming your yard this year? There is a lot to plan and consider, and it can feel overwhelming. This pre-recorded, introductory class will walk you through the necessary steps to creating a well-planned landscape, but you can go at your own pace.
*Suggestion: Prior to watching this video, spend some time thinking about your yard and jot down notes about what you like, don’t like, what you want to keep, and what you want to change.


Hand holding garden soilJanuary 8, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Laying a Healthy Foundation: The dirt on soil, compost, and mulch
Healthy soil is the foundation of a successful landscape. Learn from soil professionals about the components of a robust soil system and how to make it work better for your landscape. They will also teach how to improve the soil by creating compost and mulch systems and applying it effectively to your yard.


Salmonberry flowerJanuary 15, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Landscaping with Native Plants: Selecting plants for beauty and functionality
Did you know you can plant a landscape that has visual interest year-round, provides a home for wildlife, AND reduces water, fertilizer and pesticide use? This class will provide information on choosing the best native plants for your needs, and also techniques for planting, composting, and mulching that will help your landscape thrive.


Pileated woodpeckerJanuary 22, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Landscaping for Wildlife: Creating habitat for beneficial animals and insects
Do you want to add some magic to your yard? Invite birds, butterflies, bees, frogs, and more with a landscape that welcomes local wildlife and gives them a safe space to thrive. Whether your landscape is a window box, deck, small yard, or acreage, you can create a sanctuary for the wildlife that makes our region so special.


DeerJanuary 29, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Living with Wildlife: Working with nature, not against it
You’ve created great habitat for all kinds of local wildlife, from bugs to birds to beavers. Now you want to co-exist peacefully with your wild visitors. Here are some guidelines to set you up for success, and a range of options to avoid and address conflicts.


Register for class: Growing food with ease and minimal impactFebruary 5, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Sustainable Gardening: Growing food with ease and minimal impact
Have you been curious about starting a food garden, but not sure how to begin? Or worried it will cost too much? Learn how growing food in your yard can be simple, inexpensive, and provides many other benefits for people and the planet. We will provide plenty of information and resources to get your garden going this spring.


Rain barrelFebruary 12, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Be a Good Water Steward: Managing water and runoff on your property
Stormwater runoff is currently the largest source of pollution in our waterways, and with climate change bringing heavier rain events, rainfall levels are expected to increase. Thankfully, there are useful techniques and strategies to manage the rainwater that falls on your property. This class will provide information on capturing roof runoff, building rain gardens, and how to minimize polluted runoff from your yard.



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