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Each year the City of Napa teams with other local agencies to sponsor FREE Water-Wise Landscaping Workshops made possible by the expertise of the UC Master Gardeners, the California Native Plant Society Napa Valley Chapter, and area professionals.  Topics are designed for Napa Valley residents interested in maintaining and beautifying their landscape while keeping water bills low.  Living in a drought-prone state, all Californians are urged to minimize their water use.  Outdoor conservation is still the key to our water future. 

*** Stay Tuned for our 2015 Workshop Schedule ***

Highlights of the Fall 2014 Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series:  

SPRINKLER SMARTS, September 15, 2014

controllerA local irrigation pro demonstrated appropriate design and maintenance of sprinkler systems for maximum efficiency.  Attendees learned how to "take control of your controller" to keep bills down and avoid water waste violations during the drought.  An online tool/smartphone app for irrigation scheduling was featured, along with weather-based "Smart" controllers.  Techniques for converting spray to drip were highlighted.
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DECIPHERING DRIP, September 22, 2014

drip emitterHarmony Farm Supply staff helped solve the mysteries of point-source or "drip" irrigation, the most efficient water delivery system for plants.  Real-life drip applications were discussed and system components were displayed.  All attendees enjoyed some hands-on practice.
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SOILS, MULCHES & MORE, September 29, 2014  

wheel barrow.jpgFollowing a summary of the eight principles of water-wise landscaping, a local Master Gardener thoroughly reviewed our local soils and the critical importance of aeration, amendments, and mulch.  The "sheet mulching" technique for lawn removal was highlighted, and the basic landscape design concept of hydrozoning was introduced.
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PERFECT PLANT PICKS, October 6, 2014 

flowerLocal Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscapers showed that drought-tolerant is anything but boring.  Colorful and beautiful tree, shrub, perennial, grass, vine, and groundcover species were discussed, along with landscape design principles.  Dozens of plants were on hand for viewing, including California natives.  Local "Cash for Grass" and rain garden rebates were publicized.
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