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Free, expert advice on natural yard care in Gig Harbor

April 12, 2016

Workshop series on green gardening returns

Learn tips and tricks from the professionals about natural yard care. Cultivate a gorgeous yard that lasts year-round.

TACOMA, Wash. –Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s Natural Yard Care workshops return to the Gig Harbor Civic Center. The workshops are April 20 and 27 and May 4 covering a range of topics to appeal to gardeners of all skill levels.

Northwest horticultural expert Marianne Binetti will lead the April 20 workshop Weed Wars: How to Win the Battle and Not Upset Mother Nature. She will show gardeners inspiring and money-saving ways to control weeds. Binetti’s syndicated column on gardening runs in The News Tribune.

Spring is not the only season for a colorful blossoms and foliage. On April 27, learn ways to have a colorful garden year-round from landscape designer, horticulturist, and author Sue Goetz. She will lead a workshop called Color for All Seasons that will teach gardeners how to explore the unexpected, look for ways to bring attention to a boring space or infuse more color to and existing garden.

Maintaining a top-notch garden does not need a lot of time and effort. Learn from landscape designer, builder, and expert in organic and sustainable landscapes Bill Peregrine how to put plants in the right place, reduce fertilizer use, and lower water bills. His Low Maintenance Landscapes and Plants workshop is May 4.

“Gardening should be fun, but it should also be safe for your family and water quality,” said Natural Yard Care Coordinator Walt Burdsall. “Through these workshops, we want to show people how to have fun in their gardens and encourage them to reduce the use of harmful chemicals that can end up in our waterways,” Burdsall said.

The free workshops are 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview Street in Gig Harbor.

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