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Fire-Smart Landscaping

How To Choose Fire-Smart Plants and Materials

A fire-smart landscape isn’t necessarily the same thing as a well-maintained yard. This type of landscape uses fire-smart plants that are strategically planted to resist the spread of fire to your home. Fire-smart plants are great in California because they are often drought tolerant, too.

You don’t need a lot of money to make your landscape fire-smart. And you will find that a fire-smart landscape can increase your property value and conserve water while beautifying your home.

Choose Fire-Smart Plants and Materials

Create fire-smart zones with stone walls, patios, decks and roadways.  Use rock, mulch, flower beds and gardens as ground cover for bare spaces and as effective firebreaks.  There are no “fire-proof” plants, so select high-moisture plants that grow close to the ground and have a low sap or resin content. Choose fire-smart plant species that resist ignition such as rockrose, ice plant and aloe.  Select fire-smart shrubs such as hedging roses, bush honeysuckles, currant, cotoneaster, sumac and shrub apples. Plant hardwood, maple, poplar and cherry trees with good spacing that are less flammable than pine, fir and other conifers.  Check your local nursery or landscape contractor for concepts and ideas on creating a safer environment for you, your family, the neighborhood and the community.


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