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A fire-safe landscape isn't necessarily the same thing as a well-maintained yard. A fire-safe landscape uses fire-resistant plants that are strategically planted to resist the spread of fire to your home. Fire resistant plants are great in California 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. And you will find that a fire-safe landscape can increase your property value and conserve water while beautifying your home.

  •     Choose Fire-Resistant Plants and Materials
  •     Create fire-safe zones with stone walls, patios, decks and roadways.
  •     Use rock, mulch, flower beds and gardens as ground cover for bare spaces and as effective firebreaks.
  •     There are no "fire-proof" plants. Select high moisture plants that grow close to the ground and have a low sap or resin content.
  •     Choose fire-retardant plant species that resist ignition such as rockrose, iceplant and aloe.
  •     Fire-resistant shrubs include hedging roses, bush honeysuckles, currant, cotoneaster, sumac and shrub apples.
  •     Plant hardwood, maple, poplar and cherry trees that are less flammable than pine, fir and other conifers.
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