Landscaping is a vital part of our rebuilding process.
One very important aspect to rebuilding a stronger and safer city is for businesses and homeowners to landscape with native plants and trees which are less flammable and keep up with proper maintenance which will reduce the chance of a fire spreading.
With this in mind, along with the knowledge that all plants can burn with enough heat, our professional landscape architects and designers can plan a more fire-resistant and beautiful landscape by planting fire-resistant, native plants which don’t accumulate dead wood, leaves, stems and are free of flammable oils keeping our properties safer.
Over the years, we have inadvertantly allowed our natural landscape of perennial grasses and annual wildflowers to give way to non-native, flammable grasses. This combined with Northern California’s weather, dry conditions, relatively low humidity and winds which are condusive to fire, this non-native growth lends itself to allow fires to spread rapidly. The fires then destroy seedbanks, young trees and shrubs before they are old enough to set seed which leads the landscape to convert to flammable grasslands. These seedbanks allow for soft, new growth of native plants which provide food for our wildlife and with the lack of competition from shrubs, trees our annual wildflowers will grow and protect.
Along with planting, firescaping is of the utmost importance. Firescaping is creating open space between plants by integrating hardscape elements for plant separation, such as flagstone, decomposed granite, rock walls, water features and other nonflammable elements, all of which lends itself to a beautiful and somewhat safer landscape. Preventative maintenance of your landscape , pruning, weed control and sufficient irrigation also plays a vital role.
Give our Landscape Architects a call at 707.792.1800.