SEATTLE - Because of the widespread availability of "green" lawn and garden products, this will be the final year for Northwest Natural Yard Days, the program that offers discounts on those products.
"When we began this program back in 1998, these products were not readily available in retail stores," said Gerty Coville, of the King County Solid Waste Division. "Today, environmentally preferable natural yard care products can be found in numerous retail outlets year 'round. We've accomplished our goals, so this will be the final year for the program."
The event, which runs from April 15 through May 15, is a partnership between King County, the City of Seattle, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and 25 other agency members in an effort to promote environmentally friendly yard care.
Discounts of up to 25 percent are offered on gardening products at 90 retail locations throughout the Puget Sound area.
Natural yard care products such as electric mulch-mowers, bagged compost and natural organic fertilizer save work, reduce air pollution and add nutrients to the lawn and garden.
Traditional gas mowers are noisy and polluting. According to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, mowing your lawn for one hour with a gas-powered lawn mower creates more pollution than driving from Safeco Field to the Tacoma Dome and back.
You can save money and help reduce pollution by recycling your old gas mower and purchasing a new push or electric mulch mower. For more information, call the Garden Hotline at (206) 633-0224.
Yard Days began with the highly successful "Get Mower for Less" promotion in 1998, when a particularly rainy season overwhelmed the local composting facility with grass clippings - almost one-half ton for every lawn-mowing homeowner.
In 2002, the program changed to a retail partnership and Yard Days products are now sold in more than 90 hardware stores, nurseries and home and garden centers all around the Puget Sound region. As interest in natural yard care has increased, so have the sales and variety of discounted products offered by retailers.
Since Yard Days began, Puget Sound-area residents have purchased:
- 33,448 mulch mowers - 13,674 weed pullers - 29,834 soaker hoses - 11,812 water timers and water wands - 441,947 bags of compost - 47,341 bags of organic fertilizer - 14,117 containers of insecticidal soap - 218,332 bags of bark mulch