While this amazing winter has erased our most recent drought, Californians know that our unpredictable climate makes water conservation a way of life here. The start of the irrigation season is the perfect time to learn appropriate water-wise habits, as efficient outdoor use remains the key to a reliable water future. Starting May 8, the Spring 2017 Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series has the City of Napa and UC Master Gardeners of Napa County once again teaming up to share the latest in smart sprinkler operation, drip irrigation, greywater, rainwater harvesting, garden design, and climate-appropriate plant selection. For three consecutive Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson Street in Napa, attendees will hear expert presentations, access free literature and water-saving tools, and possibly come home with a valuable door prize. Workshops are free, but please register by calling (707) 257-9497, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Workshop details below:

Smart Irrigation Techniques for Spray or Drip
Monday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 pm
After reviewing the eight principles of water-wise landscaping, City Water Division staff and a local irrigation pro will 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 will help solve the mysteries of drip irrigation, the most efficient water delivery system for plants. Real-life drip applications will be discussed and system components will be displayed.

Alternative Sources: Greywater & Rainwater
Monday, May 15, 6:30-8:30 pm
Greywater systems pass used household water through mulch and soil to nourish plants in the landscape. City Water Division staff will demonstrate 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 will illustrate 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 will be highlighted.

Picking Perfect Plants for Your Garden
Monday, May 22, 6:30-8:30 pm
Local landscape designers will demonstrate that water-efficient is anything but boring. Colorful and beautiful tree, shrub, perennial, grass, vine, and groundcover species will be discussed, along with landscape design principles including hydrozoning. Dozens of plants will be on hand for viewing, including California natives. "Cash for Grass" rebates and local demonstration gardens will be publicized.