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Free natural yard care classes this winter at King County’s Brightwater Center

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Classes are free, and include giveaways.  Join us for one or all of the classes at Brightwater Center, which is located at 22505 State Route 9 in Woodinville.
 
Jan. 13 (10a.m. – noon) – Jumpstart Your Yard: Tips for designing a sustainable landscape
Thinking about transforming your yard this year? This introductory class will focus on effective yard design and give you examples of what not to do. Bring in photos or a map of your yard to get specific advice from the experts.
 
Feb. 3 (10a.m. – noon) – The Foundation of Your Yard: The dirt on soil, compost, and mulch
Join a soil scientist for a hands-on demonstration to learn the components of soil and how to make it work better for your landscape.  Have your soil tested prior to the class, or bring a soil sample with you to have it sent for analysis. If you bring test results, we will help you understand what they are saying about your soil.
 
February 17 (10a.m. – noon) - Plant Right for Your Site: Selecting plants for functionality, aesthetics and wildlife
This class will provide information on choosing the best plants for your needs, and techniques for planting, composting, and mulching that will help your landscape thrive.
 
March 3 (10a.m. – noon) – Watering Wisely: Tips on managing water to reduce water use and runoff
Yard care specialists will provide advice for getting the most out of every drop. You’ll learn about constructing rain gardens and installing rainwater catchment systems. To get you started, the Snohomish Conservation District will be selling rain barrels for $50.
 
For more information or to register for any of these seminars, please visit the Department of Natural Resources and Parks website: http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/dnrp.aspx

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