Thursday September 11, 2014

The current statewide drought emergency has spurred local water savings. Despite significant earthquake-related leaks, Napa still experienced its lowest July and August water consumption in twenty years. To help continue this great progress, the City of Napa and the Town of Yountville are teaming up to present a free Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series beginning September 15. On four consecutive Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, area residents will learn about sprinkler scheduling, drip irrigation, site preparation, and low-water-use garden design. Outdoor water conservation is the key to navigating this drought period, and by installing climate-appropriate plants and irrigating efficiently customers will save on water bills as well.

The workshops will be held at the Yountville Community Hall at 6516 Washington Street. Each workshop includes expert presenters, free water-saving tools, literature, door prizes, and rebate information. Workshops are free. Register for specific dates by calling (707) 252-4188 ext. 116, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sprinkler Smarts
Monday, September 15, 6:30-8:30 pm
A local Bay-Friendly Qualified landscaper will demonstrate how to maintain and operate an irrigation system for maximum efficiency. Attendees will learn to "take control of your controller" to keep water bills down and avoid water waste violations during the drought. An online tool and smartphone app for irrigation scheduling will be featured, along with weather-based "Smart" controllers. Spray-to-drip conversion techniques will be highlighted.

Deciphering Drip
Monday, September 22, 6:30-8:30 pm
A Harmony Farm Supply expert will help solve the mysteries of point-source or "drip" irrigation, the most efficient water delivery system for plants. Real-life drip applications will be discussed and system components will be displayed. All attendees will enjoy some "hands-on" practice.

Soils, Mulches & More
Monday, September 29, 6:30-8:30 pm
Following a summary of the eight basic principles of water-wise landscaping, Master Gardeners will thoroughly review our local soils and the critical importance of aeration, amendments, and mulch. The innovative lawn removal technique of “sheet mulching” will be highlighted. Basic landscape design will also be emphasized, including appropriate plant grouping strategies.

Perfect Plant Picks
Monday, October 6, 6:30-8:30 pm
Local landscape design pros will show that drought-tolerant is anything but boring. Colorful and beautiful tree, shrub, perennial, grass, vine, and groundcover species will be discussed. Dozens of plants will be on hand for viewing, including California natives. Local “Cash For Grass” and rain garden rebates will be publicized.

For more details, please visit the Water Conservation section at www.cityofnapa.org/water.