Fire-safe landscaping uses fire-resistant plants that are strategically planted to resist the spread of fire to your home. Fire-resistant plants are great in Marin because they are often drought tolerant, too.
The good news is, you don’t need a lot of money to make your landscape fire safe. Fire-safe landscaping can increase property value and conserve water while beautifying your home.
Many plants are particularly susceptible to fire. Some plants ignite readily and burn intensely, and should be removed if present in a home's Defensible Space zone or close to roads and driveways. Fire-prone plants typically share certain characteristics:
The condition of the plant is as important as its species. Even some fire-prone species can be quite fire-resistant if properly maintained. Depending on its growth form and access to water, the same species may be fire resistant in one environment and flammable in another. Water -stressed plants that are in poor condition are more likely to burn readily. Those species already identified as fire-prone become explosively flammable when poorly maintained. South-facing slopes, windy areas, sites with poor soils and urban landscapes are more stressful for plants and lead to greater hazard from burning vegetation.