Tip of the Week: Fire-Safe Landscaping

Gardeners in fire-prone areas, such as Southern California, can follow these simple planting tactics to reduce the dangers to their home and landscape:
Arrange plants as single specimens or in small groupings, allowing ample space between the plantings.
Mulch with decorative gravel rather than tree bark.
Make maintenance a top priority: regularly prune out deadwood and overgrowth in trees, shrubs and groundcovers.
Keep the landscape hydrated, especially during Santa Ana conditions.

Read more about fire-wise planting and fireproof plants.

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