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


Learn the basics of natural yard care this winter at four classes hosted by King County and the Snohomish Conservation District. The classes will take place in January, February and March at Brightwater Center, located at 22505 State Route 9 in Woodinville.


King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division is partnering with the Snohomish Conservation District to offer a series of four classes this winter all about creating a healthy, manageable landscape. These classes will be geared towards folks who are new to the concepts of sustainable landscape practices.  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.

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Jan. 13 (10 a.m. – noon) – Jumpstart Your Yard: Tips for designing a sustainable landscape
Thinking about transforming your yard this year?  A well-planned landscape can do a lot for you, without requiring a lot in return. 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 (10 a.m. – noon) – The Foundation of Your Yard: The dirt on soil, compost, and mulch
Healthy soil is the foundation of a successful landscape!  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. For information on soil testing visit:

All participants that attend this class will receive discount coupons for the Snohomish Conservation District plant sale, and be able to scoop compost to take home!

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February 17 (10 a.m. – noon) - Plant Right for Your Site: Selecting plants for functionality, aesthetics and wildlife

Did you know you can plant a landscape that has visual interest year-round, provides a home for wildlife, AND minimizes water, fertilizer and pesticide use? 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. 
All participants will receive free plant starts and compost!

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March 3 (10 a.m. – noon) – Watering Wisely: Tips on managing water to reduce water use and runoff
Watering your landscape effectively can save you valuable time and money! You will have healthy plants and avoid paying for water that runs into the storm drain. 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. 

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For additional information, or to arrange reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, please contact Kristin Covey in King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division at 206-263-8856.