>>>>> Advice On: FIRE-RESISTANT LANDSCAPING <<<<<
➢ A fire-resistant landscape isn’t technically the same thing as a well-maintained yard.
➢ Certain plant species can actually resist and/or slow the spread of wildfire.
➢ When strategically planted, fire-resistant plants can support defensible space.
➢ Fire resistant plants work well in California as they are often drought tolerant.
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ADDED BENEFITS: 1) You don’t need a lot of money to make your landscape fire-resistant.
2) A fire-resistant landscape can increase your property value and conserve water while
beautifying your home.
CHOOSE FIRE-RESISTANT MATERIALS
• Create fire-resistant 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.
• [NOTE: There are no “fire-proof” plants]. Fire-resistant plants are high-moisture plants that grow close to ground and have a low sap or resin content.
• Choose plant species that can resist prompt ignition such as rockrose, ice plant, succulents and aloe.
• Select fire-resistant shrubs such as hedging roses, bush honeysuckles, currant, cotoneaster, sumac and shrub apples.
• Suggested tree options include: hardwood, maple, poplar and cherry – trees that are less flammable than pine, fir and other conifers.
As we head outdoors to plant vegetation around our homes, sources for advice on fire-resistant plants in your area include:
❖ Your local nursery
❖ A local landscape contractor
❖ Siskiyou County’s UC Cooperative Extension service.
>> See weblinks below this for examples & photos of fire-resistant vegetation. <<
Fire-resistant Plants for Home Landscapes
Fire-resistant California Friendly Plants
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