A FIRE-RESISTANT GARDEN

A FIRE-RESISTANT GARDEN

Your house doesn't have to sit in a forest to be vulnerable to wildfire. Windblown embers can fly up to a mile in front of a fire. If they land on a dried-out juniper in your front yard, you could be in big trouble.
Did you know the same strategies that have recently been implemented to enhance firebreaks in large wilderness areas can also provide a defensible zone around your house?
Cypress and other fire-resistant trees can shade and protect your house in a serene and beautiful way. When we are designing your fire-resistant garden together, the safety will influence the design and we will keep some of the following principles in mind: Think of the first 30 feet from your house as the defensible space. Areas closest to your house should emphasize hardscaping such as paths and patios, along with well-watered plants. Trees and shrubs should be at least 15 feet from the house. Keep plants in this area well watered and well maintained. From 30 to 100 feet out, plant low-growing fire-resistant types, with trees spaced at least 10 feet apart. Trim them so flames can't spread from one to the next. Selectively thin native vegetation.