Author Archives: Betsy Adams

About Betsy Adams

Betsy Adams is an Environmental Education Outreach Specialist for Kirkland Public Works. From working with volunteers along Kirkland’s creeks to hosting gardening classes in Kirkland’s neighborhoods, Betsy focuses on helping our local creeks, lakes and wetlands. She’ll share ideas how residents can make simple choices to prevent water pollution and to protect our local waterways.

Don’t Stress Out about Your Lawn this Summer

Lawns in western Washington don’t require irrigation to survive. If you don’t mind a brown lawn during the summer, your lawn will green up again when the rains return in the fall. Watering deeply once a month in summer helps…

Yard Smart Rain Rewards

Do you live in the Juanita Creek watershed? Are any of your roof’s downspouts connected to Kirkland’s stormwater system?  If you answered “yes” to both of these 2 questions, then your property may be eligible for the Yard Smart Rain…

Sheet Mulch to Smother Weeds and Build Soil

When I first moved into my house, sheet mulching quickly became my new best friend in the quest to turn my front garden bed – a sea of weeds – back into something resembling a garden. Sheet mulching is a…

Trees help fish keep their cool

Back when I graduated from college, I led tree-planting projects throughout the Cascade Foothills. Rain or shine, volunteers joined me every weekend to trudge through the woods, sometimes sinking up to their knees in mud or tripping over the roots…

Greener Dog Grooming

Summers can be a blast for dogs – going to the park, hiking in the mountains and playing in the backyard. But, as we all know, an active dog can end up being a dirty and smelly dog. A cool…

Staying Safe with Car Chemicals

Are you a DIY car mechanic? Take precautions to keep both yourself and the environment safe when changing your own motor oil and other automotive fluids. Prevent Spills & Leaks Check your vehicle for leaks regularly and fix them as…

Safe Spring Cleaning

Does your list of spring cleaning projects include clearing out your garage or under your sink? If so, you will probably find leftover or unused containers of hazardous products – things like oil-based paints and thinners, solvents, pesticides, vehicle fluids…

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Guide to Choosing a Green Landscaper

Are you looking to hire a landscaper for your yard? To help you choose a green landscaper, it’s worth asking possible companies a few questions first to be sure they’ll use sustainable landscaping practices to protect the environment and save…

What’s Under the Storm Drain Grate?

With all our winter rainstorms, you can’t help but notice water running everywhere – off roofs, across lawns and sidewalks, down driveways and the edges roads. All that rain flows into stormwater drains and ditches that carry it away from…

Paint Green (Even When Your Paint is White)

Is painting a room in your house or maybe your whole house on your “to do” list? A fresh coat of “Jungle Vine Green” or “Morning Hush White” can be a great pick-me-up for tired-looking walls, but did you know…