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Fire-Safe Landscaping (page 2 of 2)

by Kim Haworth

Landscaping After Fire

If the worst does happen and there is a fire on your property, the first thing you should do is to prune away the charred branches. Don't remove the entire plants immediately; they may begin to grow again the following spring. Also, their roots will help prevent mudslides and erosion on hillsides until the area is replanted. Seed the area with rye grass, which will root quickly once the winter rains begin and help hold the soil in place. Plant fast-growing ground covers, such as aptenia, bergenia, euonymus, grevillea, ophiopogon, and pachysandra.

For more information on fire-safe landscaping, visit these Web sites:

U.S. Fire Administration

The Fire Safe Council

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