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Give Trees and Shrubs Space

This month, consider the spacing of the trees and shrubs in your yard. Here are actions to take:
  • Remove dead trees.
  • Consider creating separation by increasing spacing between tree canopies while considering flat vs sloped terrain.
  • Maintain vertical clearance of at least 3X the shrub’s height between the tops of shrubs and the bottom of the tree canopy. This can be done by pruning the shrub down, or by pruning smaller, easily ignitable tree branches up, or by using both methods. 
  • Plant spacing, size control and maintenance are more important than type of plant. 

Visit Marin Master Gardeners at https://marinmg.ucanr.edu/BASICS/FIRESMARTLANDSCAPING/ for more fire-smart gardening tips.