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Posted on: March 29, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Gardening with Native Plants

Getting your yard ready for spring? Consider planting more native plants and less lawn. Every native plant helps the environment by needing less water and fertilizer than lawn. Did you know that grass lawns cover over 62 thousand square miles of the country, almost the size of Washington state?

Native Planting

Save money on water and fertilizers by switching to native plants. According to the EPA, 30 to 60 percent of fresh water in American cities is used for watering lawns and 67 million pounds of fertilizer are used on U.S. lawns each year. Native plants take less chemicals, require less care once established, and filter rainwater runoff before it enters our rivers, lakes and streams.


Find which native plants will do well in your yard with the King Conservation District. Check out the National Audubon Society to learn about native plants that attract birds. Consider supporting Issaquah's own Squak Mountain Nursery; they have a many native plants for you to check out.

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