Are you defensible space ready? Current law mandates 100 feet of defensible space – we’ve outlined the process for creating that space as well as featured the tools you need to get the job done. If you are looking for more information on defensible space, current laws and great information in general about fire preparedness check out ReadyForWildfire.org
➊ Remove all dead plants, grass and weeds.
➋ Remove dead or dry leaves and pine needles from your yard, roof and rain gutters.
➌ Keep tree branches 10 feet away from your chimney and other trees.
➍ Cut or mow annual grass down to a maximum height of 4 inches.
➎ Create horizontal spacing between shrubs and trees.
➏ Create vertical spacing (6′ minimum clearance) between grass, shrubs and trees.
FIRE RESISTANT LANDSCAPING
A fire-safe landscape uses fire-resistant plants and materials that are strategically planted and placed to resist the spread of fire to your home. Fire-resistant plants are great in California because they are often drought tolerant, too.
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. A few suggested varietals include, but are not limited to: California Redbud, Ceanothus, Salvia, Yarrow, Lavender, Penstemon, Butterfly Bush, Strawberry Tree, Lily of the Nile and Wax Leaf Privet
MASONRY WALL BLOCK & PAVERS
• Economical way to create a safe, permanent fire break & delay flash-overs
• Pavers & wall blocks are non-flammable, earth friendly and allow you the freedom to create an enjoyable, defensible space
• Since concrete will not burn it maintains a safe structural integrity & luxurious finish year round
• Wall blocks create a great acoustic insulator & solid thermal inertia buffers between your home & potential risk of loss
• When installed with ample space between them, water is able to flow back into the soil, recharging both garden & local aquifer
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