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Peaceful Garden

Greetings fromYardSmartMarin! 

We hope you are staying healthy as we continue to shelter-in-place. Here are some ways you can keep supporting progress toward a pesticide-free Marin, safely from home!

Introduce us to your HOA!

At YardSmartMarin, our mission is to reduce the use of pesticides in Marin. One way we can do this is by reducing pesticide use by HOAs (Homeowners Associations).

Are you a member of an HOA? Would you like to see your HOA caring for your shared spaces in ways that are safer for you, children, pets, wildlife and the environment?

If your answer is yes, please email us:! We would appreciate an introduction to your HOA Board and the opportunity to share best practices for integrated pest management with them.
Timely Tips

timely tips

June 22-28 is National Pollinator Week! Celebratehummingbird by learning about pollinators and pollination.

Learn how to help pollinators so we don't have tobee imagine a world without bees

Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Instagram! We post timely tips there every week.


Our website is a treasure trove of information. But if you need more help, just ask!

Introducing #AskYardSmartMarin on
Facebook and Instagram

Have a question about your yard or garden? Post a photo on your Facebook or Instagram feed. Ask your question and include #AskYardSmartMarin. Be sure to follow us @YardSmartMarin to get our response!

Or you can always email us:

Virtual Events

Due to physical distancing requirements, these events are all virtual. We hope they help you feel connected to others, to the earth, and to our pesticide-reduction mission during this time.

The film, 2040 is streaming now movie imageon the Rafael Theater website. "Award-winning Australian director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and combat climate change. Structured as a visual letter to his four-year-old daughter, Gameau blends traditional documentary with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to artfully demonstrate how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations. (Australia 2019) 92 min." On June 30, there will be a livestream conversation with the director and several youth climate activists.

Register now through EventBrite for some terrific free events with Suzanne Bontempo, IPM Advocate with
Our Water, Our World:
July 2 at 4 pm:
Organic Gardening, a less toxic approach to pest management 

July 9 at 4 pm:
Attracting Good Bugs To Your Garden (family friendly!)
garden hose
July 16 at 4 pm:
Staying Water-Wise All Summer (summer gardening essentials!) 


Do you know of an upcoming event we should promote? Email us:

Bonus Bits

For many, sheltering at home has sparked a new veggie bountyinterest in growing food at home. If this describes you, here are some resources to help you succeed as a backyard farmer.

Are you a beginner? Here is
a comprehensive guide to getting started from our friends at Marin Master Gardeners.

Prefer to get your tips from a video? Check out this
plant starts
5-minute video from the Marin Art & Garden Center’s Garden Manager; it’s packed with great information.

No yard? No problem! Learn
how to grow vegetables in containers.


Food gardening can be a great activity for the whole child watering gardenfamily! Here are some ideas on how to get kids involved

Thanks for reading and we look forward to hearing from you,

The YardSmartMarin Team

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