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City of Puyallup

Puyallup's Natural Yard Care Program

Save money, save resources, have a beautiful landscape, and protect Puget Sound waters...all at the same time!

Puyallup's Stormwater web pages offer tips and resources for caring for your yard naturally and reducing stormwater runoff pollution at home. While homeowners strive for a picture-perfect yard, lawn and landscaping, most also don't want to wash their 'money down the drain'. Learning to follow a few, simple yard care guidelines for watering, planting, and fertilizing/feeding will help your yard, your pocket book, and protect our natural water resources! 

Read through this, and other Puyallup Stormwater web pages listed below to learn about ways to care for your yard and home, while being 'green' and environmentally conscious.

Puyallup's Rain GardensCitizen's Guide to Protecting Our WatersFish-Friendly Car Washing


Natural Yard Care

Your yard is hibernating now, so take the time to prepare for spring and be ready to make it beautiful again in the growing season. Read through some of the articles listed here on natural yard care, and learn how you can do without many chemicals in your spring cleaning. Using fewer chemicals, and natural fertilizers - such as compost - can help you attain a green, healthy yard. Managing your yard, including responsibly emptying of pools & spas, and proper disposal of Fido's waste, will help your yard be its best and help protect the environment and local water ways.

Five Steps to Natural Yard Care
  1. Build healthy soil
  2. Plant right for your site
  3. Practice smart watering
  4. Think twice before using pesticides
  5. Practice natural lawn care

Read through this publication to learn more about these five easy steps to natural yard care.

What to do with Fido's Poo?
That little plastic baggie that you use to scoop up your pet's waste may be useful on the go, but at home, it may be excessive. Plastic bags take many years to decompose at landfills. But, if the poo is left in your yard, it washes into the soil and into our natural water ways (or flows off your yard and into our storm drains!). Yuck. Try placing the poo in the waste can without a plastic baggie -or- better yet, keep the smell out of the waste can and flush it! Don't want to take Fido's poo inside your home? Check out this little invention.
The city does not endorse or otherwise promote this product, but is providing this for informational purposes. There are many other products also available for this market.

Looking for more Natural Yard Care resources?

Check out the materials and websites below for information on natural yard care including composting, rain gardens, and rain barrels! These are sites for your reference and interest; the city does not endorse any of the products for sale on the external sites listed below:

5 Steps to Natural Yard Care

Learn the basics of home composting

WSU's Guide to Backyard Composting

WSU Master Gardener Program: Stewardship Gardening

Puyallup's Rain Gardens

Build your own rain barrel: How-to Guide

Seattle Rain Barrels - Purchase pre-made rain barrels


Impact of a Single Tree

Check out the National Tree Benefit Calculator from www.treebenefits.com and see the impact a single tree can make. A tree planted at home can increase your property value and provide a number of environmental benefits.

Stormwater Runoff is Polluting Puget Sound

You've heard that Puget Sound is polluted, right? Think about this: nearly 75% of the pollutants in Puget Sound come from stormwater runoff. That's rainwater from roadways, carrying oil and pollutants; irrigation runoff carrying pesticides & fertilizer; and soap from residential car washing.

Toxic Chemicals Entering Puget Sound
Pesticide Use

As many as 23 pesticides have been found in Puget Sound streams - many coming from stormwater runoff from roadways and yards. These chemicals poison wildlife and absorb oxygen in water, contributing to dead zones.