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 Spring 2017 Workshop Schedule ***


Highlights of the Fall 2015 Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series:


drip emitterAfter City Water Division staff provided tips on "taking control of your controller," avoiding water waste violations, and using the Sprinkler Times online tool/smartphone app, Harmony Farm Supply staff helped solve the mysteries of drip irrigation, the most efficient water delivery system for plants.  Real-life drip applications were discussed and system components were displayed.  Spray-to-drip conversion techniques were highlighted.  All attendees enjoyed some hands-on practice.
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    Sunday, September 20, 2015
Greywater.jpg10 am to 4 pm, $10 Fee, Location provided upon registration

Greywater systems pass used household water through mulch and soil to nourish plants in the landscape.  Attendees learned by doing, assisting with installation of an actual Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater System at a local residence.  Information was brought home so attendees could get to work on their own do-it-yourself systems!
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SOILS, MULCHES, AND MORE, September 23, 2015  

wheel barrow.jpgFollowing a summary of the eight principles of water-wise landscaping, local Master Gardeners thoroughly reviewed our local soils and the critical importance of aeration, amendments, and mulch.  The "sheet mulching" technique for lawn removal was highlighted, along with techniques for designing a rain garden.  The basic landscape design concept of hydrozoning was introduced.
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PERFECT PLANT PICKS, September 30, 2015 

flowerLocal Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscapers demonstrated 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" rebates were publicized.
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