5 great firefighting plants

Creating the fire-safe landscape: what to plant and where to plant it

Your Yard's Fire Zones

Create a fire-smart landscape by playing a zone defense

  • Zone 1: For maximum safety, plant sparingly within 3 to 5 feet of your house.
  • Zone 2: Trim tree branches at least 10 feet from the chimney; cut back any trees overhanging the roof.
  • Zone 3: In the Garden Zone, keep grass watered and mown to, at most, 4 inches.
  • Zone 4: In the Greenbelt Zone, don’t let perennials and shrubs grow taller than 18 inches.
  • Zone 5: Thin and separate trees by two times their height. Don’t plant shrubs or vines beneath them.
Read more about defensible landscaping

Note: There’s no completely fireproof plant. But click ahead for 5 plants that can slow a fire if they’re watered and pruned regularly.

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