Natural Yard Care Publications and Resources
Want a printed copy of any of these publications? Call the Garden Hotline at (206) 633-0224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Watering and Irrigation
Soil and Compost
- Growing Healthy Soil guide (pdf)
- Get to Know Your Soil (pdf)
- Composting at Home guide (pdf)
- Backyard Composting Seattle Public Utilities’ information on how to make compost
- Soils for Salmon for designers and Building Soil for builders on restoring construction site soil
Plants and Plant Care
- Choosing the Right Plants guide (pdf)
- Plant List (pdf)
- Right Plant, Right Place (pdf)
- How to Water New Plants (pdf)
- Great Plant Picks - A wide variety of Northwest-adapted ornamental plants.
- King County Native Plant Guide - Native plant lists, plus landscaping plans and how-to articles.
- Washington Native Plant Society - Lists native plants for specific landscape conditions, including plants to attract wildlife.
Pest, Weed and Disease Control
- Natural Pest, Weed & Disease Control guide (pdf)
- Alternative Pest & Weed Control Methods (pdf)
- Grow Smart Grow Safe - lists safer products
- Integrated Pest Management - has factsheets on common pest problems and effective, less toxic solutions.
- IPMopedia - Pest identification and least-toxic solutions for home gardeners
- UPEST - Washington State University information on indoor and outdoor integrated pest management for schools and households
- UC IPM - University of California integrated pest management solutions for landscapes and agriculture
- NCAP - Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides – advocacy and science-based alternatives factsheets
- Home Safe Home - factsheets with safer solutions for common problems from the Washington Toxics Coalition.
- Natural Lawn Care guide (pdf)
- Ecologically Sound Lawn Care (pdf) 90-page manual for professionals – includes information on installing new lawns
- Growing Food in the City guide (pdf)
- Seattle P-Patch Program of the Department of Neighborhoods provides garden spaces for residents. Learn about community gardening, sharing garden space and harvests, and more.
- The City of Seattle’s Food and Urban Agriculture links City and citizen efforts.
- Tilth Alliance – classes, demonstration gardens, and volunteer opportunities
- Master Gardeners at Washington State University Extension
- Lettuce Link food sharing program, and see their how-to-grow guide Gardening for Good Nutrition (pdf)
- UrbanFarmHub.org – urban agriculture news and resources for the Northwest
Choosing a Nursery or Landscaper
- How to Choose a Landscape Company (pdf)
- Choosing an Irrigation Contractor (pdf)
- EnviroStars Certified Landscape Professionals (pdf)
- Washington Association of Landscape Professionals
- Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association
- International Society of Arboriculture
- Washington Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects
- Washington Chapter, Association of Professional Landscape Designers
- Irrigation Association
For Landscape Professionals
- Natural Landscaping: Design, Build, Maintain (pdf)
- Ecologically Sound Lawn Care (pdf) 90-page manual, or see the short 8-page summary Sustainable Lawn Care for NW Professionals (pdf)
- Irrigation Association
- EnviroStars - certification for landscape professionals
- Integrated Pest Management
- Landscape Maintencance Plans