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Posted on: October 1, 2021

Fire-Smart Landscaping – October's Tip Of The Month

October Tip from UC MMG

Plant spacing, size control and maintenance are more important than type of plant. There are no fire-resistant plants, since all plants can burn. Rather than focus on individual plant species, consider growth habits and plant characteristics. 

In general, avoid plants and trees that:

  • Produce excessive dead, dry, or fine debris that can become fuel for fire
  • Tend to build up dead thatch inside or under a green surface layer
  • Shed large quantities of needles, leaves, fronds, dry bark, and other debris

Choose drought tolerant flowers, low-growing non-woody shrubs and deep-rooted trees with thick bark, leaves over needles. 

For more Fire-smart Landscaping information, visit: http://marinmg.ucanr.edu/BASICS/FIRESMARTLANDSCAPING/