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Free Yard Care Workshop Aims To Keep Lake Tapps Clean
Caring for your yard the natural way helps keep Lake Tapps beautiful and clean. Learn how at a free workshop Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m., at Island Lodge, 20818 Island Parkway E., Lake Tapps. "Toxic algae advisories or warnings are never good news for those who live on and enjoy Lake Tapps," said Chrissy Cooley, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department program manager. "But nutrient runoff from yards can lead to unwanted plant and algae growth—even toxic algae. The workshop will help residents understand how they can have a beautiful yard that also protects Lake Tapps," Cooley said. Pick your plants with care. Shoreline plant choice can enhance lake water quality, preserve the views, and keep geese off lawns. What you use to cultivate your plants and lawns affects the lake. Master gardener Patty Peterson will explain the connection between your yard and the health of the lake. Learn which plants are best to keep the lake healthy. You'll learn about the five natural yard care principles and why they matter: 1.Build healthy soils. 2.Choose the right plants. 3.Practice smart watering. 4.Think twice before you use pesticides. 5.Practice natural yard care. For the second time, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has partnered with Cascade Water Alliance to sponsor the event. You can enter a raffle for a chance to win free plants and soil. To attend Reserve your spot for the workshop. Questions? Contact Tina Friedrich at or (253) 798-4715. Learn more about our TappsWise and Natural Yard Care programs and the WSU Pierce County Master Gardener Program.
Island Lodge by Al Lago
20818 Island Pkwy E., Lake Tapps
Thursday, October 18, 2018
06:00 PM to 08:00 PM