Fire season is year-round in Southern California - Plant selections for optimal fire protection


Last updated 11/5/2009 at Noon

The plants surrounding a house have enormous influence in determining a home’s survival during a wildfire. Remember to think lean, clean and green.

Vegetation will either lead a fire to a structure or stop it. Lawns, succulents (plants with high water content), hardscape and creative boulder and rockscaping are a few elements that can be incorporated into a firescape design.

Picking plants for a firescape garden is difficult. At one point or another every plant will burst into flames under the right conditions, so there are many decisions to make.

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