With the implications of climate change, we need to adapt and be more mindful planning our gardens, including what to plant. There are no fire-resistant plants since all plants can burn. Plant spacing, size, and maintenance are more important than type of plant. Rather than focus on individual plant species, think about growth habits and plant characteristics.
- Drought tolerant plants, low-growing non-woody shrubs and deep-rooted
trees with thick bark, leaves over needles.
- California natives, that add critical biodiversity for pollinators, can use less water once established and can stay hydrated longer.
- Horizontal and vertical spacing with hardscape between plant islands to breakup path of fire.
In general, avoid plants and trees that:
- Tend to build up dead thatch inside or under a green surface layer.
- Produce and shed excessive dead, dry, or fine debris that can become fuel for fire.
- Are Invasive.
For more Fire-smart Landscaping information, visit: http://marinmg.ucanr.edu/BASICS/FIRESMARTLANDSCAPING/.