Homeowners need to know how landscaping can help protect their homes. Planting and maintaining a “defensible space” of landscape is more difficult to ignite, can offer significant fire protection.

Steps to become more fire wise with your landscapes:

  • Avoid placing plants to close together.¬†Spacing plants apart from one another keeps fire from traveling between them or “climbing” up smaller bushes into the more flammable branches of nearby trees.
  • Remove flammable debris. Dead trees, shrubs and small plants growing close to, or underneath larger trees will fuel a fire and should be removed. Keep gutters clean, and make sure plants are well-watered. Mow natural grasses and weeds to six inches or less within 30 feet of structures to prevent flames from traveling across a yard.
  • Replace flammable landscaping with fire-resistant plants and mulch.¬†Incorporating perennials instead of low-moisture shrubs and using gravel instead of bark mulch can provide better fire barriers to a home. Fire-resistant plants are high in moisture, have fewer leaves or needles, stay close to the ground, and do not require significant pruning and re-seeding following a fire. Pavers, concrete, and brick are best for patios.