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Naturally Beautiful Backyards


The Naturally Beautiful Backyards (NBB) program promotes the creation of healthy and productive ecosystems in residential yards and gardens by providing education on earth-friendly gardening techniques. Using earth-friendly gardening techniques can NBBgreatly reduce the use of synthetic chemicals, increase beneficial organism activity, enhance habitat and wildlife areas, and contribute to the overall health of the community.

Clark County Solid Waste Program strives to educate county citizens through workshops, lectures, demonstration sites, displays, and written materials about the benefits of reducing chemical use in the yard and garden. 

The NBB Program promotes six primary earth-friendly gardening techniques:

  • Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests.
  • Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and "natural" soil amendments.
  • Use chemicals as a last resort. There is usually an alternative!
  • Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests.
  • Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollinization and decrease harmful pests.
  • Conserve water by using responsible watering methods, rain barrels, and rain gardens.

Bugs and Pests
Bugs and Pests identifies common insects you may find in your garden and helpful hints for encouraging good bugs and discouraging the bad ones without the use of harmful chemicals.
Naturally Beautiful Backyards
Naturally Beautiful Backyards - Alternatives to Pesticides provides the basics for home gardening without pesticides.

Additional resources are available on the publications page.

Clark County Environmental Services - Recycling and Solid Waste
Peter DuBois, Division Manager

Street Address: 1300 Franklin Street, 1st Floor, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 9810, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810
Main phone: (360) 397-2121 | Fax: (360) 397-2062
Relay 711 or (800) 833-6384

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