Fire-smart tips from the UC Master Gardeners.
- Remove invasive plants such as ivy, broom, and pampas grass that spread quickly, cause harm to the environment, add considerable fuel for fire, and use precious water.
- Unfortunately, excessive clearing can create a vulnerable entry point for the plants we do not want.
- Pull weeds and invasive plants before they go to seed to keep them from spreading.
- Replace with California natives, pollinators, or low-water use plants keeping drought tolerance and biodiversity in mind.
- For persistent invasives, consider sheet mulching to help with weed suppression. Look for additional information on appropriate mulches at the below link.
Visit UC Marin Master Gardener’s website for more fire-smart landscaping information.