In the city of Napa, emergency drought regulations are in place subject to a 500.00 fine for non-compliance. Water during rain or within 48 hours of measurable rain (a moot point this time of year) watering on consecutive days, excessive run-off and hosing off sidewalks or driveways are a few of the new restrictions in place. None of these are in any way a hardship for me-common sense procedures one and all, most of which I already practice.My garden gets watered once a week or less, I never hose off sidewalks or driveways, and why would anyone water within 48 hours of measurable rain ? Useful guidelines they are for people who are not particularly interested in their landscape and have a set and forget approach with regard to their irrigation controllers. It's unfortunately not rare to see lawn sprinklers spewing that precious resource in December or January.
Around my neighborhood, it would seem that many are heeding the restrictions. I took a stroll early Sunday morning with the camera , interested to see up close what I had noticed only fleetingly when driving in and out on my commute.
Several lawns appear not to be being watered at all -or mowed in some cases as seen in the first photo below. Others, as in photo two, are continuing to trim and mow . Perhaps the goal in some of these cases is to let the lawn expire and then remove it.
This former lawn is gone and the resident has made a decent effort at planting for our summer dry climate. I think it will look nice once it fills in.
No lawn here, but judging from the appearance of the soil (such as it is) they are diligent about their herbicides and have signed on to the school of meatball landscaping. I never see these folks outside so I assume they have a mow-blow outfit coming in to keep the weeds and debris out of the bon-bons. No water needed though !
This house has not had a lawn in years , though I expect it's a pragmatic solution to the challenge of landscaping a tiny front yard in the root zone of a mature Redwood. Once the Agapanthus (snail motels) have gone over there won't be much to see.
Here we have our first faux-lawn in the neighborhood.
It doesn't look too bad on an overcast day, though it has a bit of a sparkle effect when the sun hits it. The plants in the stock tanks are not legit either. They certainly don't need to put one drop of water on this front yard but it is rather a jarring sight when compared to the withering and sparsely watered lawns of the neighbors around them.
A recent removal and xeric installation..hopefully they have a plan for weed control.
This resident removed half of the front lawn, a nice compromise with good plant choices.
This was one of my favorites ..the plantings are well maintained, on drippers , and clearly there is more planting to come . Construction here (note plywood) is a chimney re-build from the August 2014 South Napa Quake.
These folks no doubt removed the lawn so they could continue to water the thirsty Brugmansia. Note that the house is painted to match the plant. I will be interested to see what they do for winter protection with this Brug..but who can fault anyone who loves a plant enough to re paint their house ?
Really nice rock work and plant selection here. This one gets my no-lawn first prize.
Another recent installation-it includes a dry steam bed that is out of the photo.
I guess they meant well...
The homeowner just finished removing his lawn last week. Since I drive past here almost every day I will be able to observe the progress ..
Our neighborhood park has dialed down the irrigation too-glad to see the city is compliant with their own rules.
I guess this household has given up laundry and showers.