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 minimizing their water use.  The workshops feature expert presenters, free water-saving tools, literature, topical door prizes, and the latest on state and local rebate programs.  Although the recent drought is over, water conservation is a way of life in California.  Outdoor efficiency and conservation is still the key to our water future.

***Stay tuned for our next workshop series***  

Highlights of the Spring 2017 Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series:

 

SMART IRRIGATION TECHNIQUES FOR SPRAY OR DRIPcontroller
Monday, May 8, 2017

drip emitterAfter reviewing the eight principles of water-wise landscaping, City Water Division staff and a local irrigation pro provided tips on sprucing up your sprinkler system for the summer, taking control of your timer, avoiding water waste violations, using the Sprinkler Times online tool/smartphone app, and upgrading to a weather-based "Smart" controller.  A local Master Gardener 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.
View the presentation slides. (coming soon)    

 

rain cloudALTERNATIVE SOURCES: GREYWATER & RAINWATER
Monday, May 15, 2017
  

greywaterGreywater systems pass used household water through mulch and soil to nourish plants in the landscape.  City Water Division staff demonstrated the set-up of a basic Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater System, showing attendees how to reuse their washing machine outflow without needing a costly permit.  A local landscape design pro illustrated the best ways to capture rainwater for later irrigation use, how and why to install a rain garden, and the importance of soils, amendments, and mulch.  The "sheet mulching" technique for lawn removal was highlighted.
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wheel barrowPICKING PERFECT PLANTS FOR YOUR GARDEN
Monday, May 22, 2017
 

Local landscape designers demonstrated that water-efficient is anything but boring.  Colorful and beautiful tree, shrub, perennial, grass, vine, and groundcover species were discussed, along with landscape design principles including hydrozoning.  Dozens of plants were on hand for viewing, including California natives.  "Cash for Grass" rebates and local demonstration gardens were publicized.
View the presentation slides. (coming soon)

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