Question: I have lots of trees on my property. Am I supposed to cut those down? It can cost thousands of dollars per tree! Help!
Answer: Absolutely not! Regarding defensible space, we specifically state that mature, native trees rarely need to be removed. Have an arborist check each tree for health. Remove all dead wood; remove lower limbs to raise the "skirt" of the trees to at least 6’ above the ground; remove “ladder” fuel such as brush, shrubs, and grass beneath the trees. Thin the canopy and keep the trees healthy with irrigation appropriate to the species.