Your house doesn't have to sit in a forest to be vulnerable to wildfire. Windblown embers can fly up to a mile from the fire line. 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 enhance firebreaks in large wilderness areas can also provide a defensible zone around your house?

When we design your fire-resistant garden together, safety will influence the design, so we will keep the following principles in mind:

The first 30 feet of defensible space around your home should emphasize hardscaping such as paths and patios, along with well-watered plants. It's important to keep all plants in this area well-watered and well-maintained. Trees and shrubs should be at least 15 feet from the home. Cypress and other fire-resistant trees, for example, can shade and protect your house in a serene and beautiful way.

From 30 to 100 feet out, we'll choose low-growing, fire-resistant plants, with trees spaced at least 10 feet apart. Regular tree trimming and selective thinning of native vegetation will help prevent flames from spreading among from one tree or plant to the next.

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