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Lawn-to-garden rebates refresh yards November 6, 2015

Clayton Pioneer •

JENNIFER MARKLE Special to the Pioneer

Clayton residents John and Linda Perkins took advantage of the Contra Costa Water District’s and the state Lawn to Garden’s rebate programs to transform their front lawn into a beautiful garden. The design for the front landscape was done by the Perkins themselves. With the CCWD rebate program, residents get a rebate towards an approved designer. The landscape was installed by Diablo Lawnscape. Jared and Jennifer Markle are the owners of Diablo Lawnscape and also Clayton residents. Diablo Lawnscape is a full service landscape company offering design, maintenance and landscape construction services. Converting your lawn to a drought resistant garden is a great way to save water. The plants are watered with a drip irrigation system vs. a sprinkler head, resulting in a dramatic water savings. The drip irrigation system used for the Perkins home is called Netafim. Netafim offers a low maintenance, durable and cost-efficient system. The plants are watered directly, providing less run-off, resulting in fewer weeds and healthier plants. For landscape depth and texture there is a Lodi river rock dry creek bed, which will help with



NO LONGER IS A LUSH GREEN LAWN a suburban status symbol. Clayton homeowners John and Linda Perkins prove that a beautiful front yard can be low maintenance, drought tolerand and economical.

lawn to qualify. You must fill out an application prior to completing any work. Rebates are offered for both residential and commercial properties. Links to applications are provided below. Residential homeowners can earn up to $1,000 ($1 per square foot) from both programs. Commercial properties are eligible for larger rebates. Once residents have submitted their applications, the CCWD will do a site inspection and send the homeowner an approval letter to proceed. Residents will receive a letter from the State of California as well with approval to proceed. At this time, you will want to contact an approved designer from the CCWD list of designers. Residents have six months to complete the installation with the CCWD and 90 days to complete your installation with the state. The state is only accepting a limited number of applications. For more information, contact the Contra Costa Water District Lawn to Garden Rebate Program at and click the “Steps to Participate” link. Info on the state rebate program is available at or 1-844-642-7410.  For a free quote on lawn-to-garden design, contact Diablo Lawnscape 925-381-3757 or

runoff of rain during the rainy season. The Perkins also added large 1,200-1,800-pound moss rock boulders and a natural flagstone pathway with matching flagstone paver porch. For mulching the Perkins used a medium redwood bark. Putting in bark or mulching around plants is a great way to save water as well; the mulch keeps the water from evaporating around the plants and helps as a weed blocker. There is an approved list of drought resistant plants, trees and shrubs to choose from. The list is

quite extensive and a designer will help residents choose a plant list for installation. The garden comes to life at night with a FX Lumiaire ZDC landscape lighting system. The system includes zone dimming and color changing capability. The system is Wi-Fi controlled. The Perkins are loving their new front yard and couldn’t be happier with their decision to convert their lawn to a garden. The rebate programs are currently offered are for front yards only. You must have an inground sprinkler system and

back, and/or talking about the joys and effort of writing. These weekly get-togethers are just one of the local programs inspired by The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) organization, which challenges professionals and non-professional writers to try their hand at creating the next great read. “Writing can be an isolated endeavor and being part of a community of writers can make a difference in what we accomplish,” says Clayton resident Christa Fairfield, a member of the California Writers Club, Mt. Diablo branch. To that end, she and others in Clayton are creating a “Write In” group where  the community is invited to come together to

inspire and support each other in their writing efforts throughout the month of November.” She says NaNoWriMo provides a structure for innovation that “adds a secondary level of  inspiration and support through  the online community  one joins when they sign-up for NaNoWriMo.” NaNoWriMo is a nonprofit organization that celebrates diverse voices, and encourages everyone to tell their stories. For the past 10 years, NaNoWriMo participants reserve the month of November to get down to work and write their stories.  Last November, spanning six continents, NaNoWriMo welcomed 325,142 writers. Of those participants, 58,917 writers hit their goal

of completing a 50,000-word draft of a novel.   These incredible statistics would not be possible without support systems. NaNoWriMo has various programs suited for every writer, including school programs, resources for libraries, and community centers, and a “virtual” writing retreat. NaNoWriMo volunteers provide support to members through local writing groups, working on concepts for their novels, and simply gathering with others who enjoy writing.  For more on joining the local chapter of California Writers Club, visit cwcmtdiablowriters. For more information about NaNoWriMo, visit

best teacher.” Tuesday, students wore tiedye shirts to symbolize how drugs can mess up your body. Tuesday was also called “Truthful Tuesdays: Face the Facts, Drugs aren’t Healthy.” Wednesday was Superhero Day. Students wore superhero logos and colors to promote, “Be Your Own Hero and Stay Away From Drugs!” Thursday was Crazy Sock Day and students wore colorful socks, promoting “Be True to Yourself: Stand Tall Against Drugs!”

Friday, the last day of “Red Ribbon Week,” ended with the theme “Say BOO to Drugs.” Students wore Halloween costumes, or the color orange in honor of drug awareness. Students then showed off their costumes with a Halloween costume fashion show in the amphitheater.

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Can you imagine writing a novel, 50,000 words to be exact, in one month? Thinking through the logistics, do you duck tape yourself to your desk chair and just write continuously? Does this mean no sleep, no food for 30 days while you focus on your masterpiece?  If that sounds too hard — but writing a novel in a month still sounds intriguing — join local writers every Monday evening in November from 7 to 8:30 pm at St. Bonaventure’s Catholic Church, 5562 Clayton Road, in Room A1. There will be an hour of quiet writing and a half-hour of connections, feed-

Pioneer seeks MDES student correspondent

Attention MDES students: Do you like to be on top of everything that is happening in your school? Have a strong interest in current events? Love to read and have opinions on books? The Clayton Pioneer is seeking a student correspondent from Mt. Diablo Elementary to contribute news items and commentary once a month.

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