UC Master Gardener Tips

Right Plant, Right Place. Plan Your Garden

Plant spacing, size control and maintenance are more important than type of plant. There are no fire-resistant plants, since all plants can burn. Rather than focus on individual plant species, consider growth habits and plant characteristics.

In general, avoid plants and trees that:

■ Produce excessive dead, dry, or fine debris that can become fuel for fire

■ Tend to build up dead thatch inside or under a green surface layer

■ Shed large quantities of needles, leaves, fronds, dry bark, and other debris

■ Choose drought tolerant flowers, low-growing non-woody shrubs and deep-rooted trees with thick bark, leaves over needles

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