Wildfire Strategy Protects your Home and Creates Native Landscape

Date: November 20, 2018

What should you do to prevent wildfires from spreading through your community? What can you do to protect yourself and your home? Start with the house, working outward to create a ‘defensible space’ between the structure and landscaping and always follow evacuation orders. Creating vegetation-free space around your home can be an opportunity to remove flammable, non-native shrubs and trees. Native, fire-resistant plants will create a safer environment. Spaced no closer than four or five feet apart, low-growing shrubs such as prickly pear and California sagebrush help reduce the risk of fire spreading to any structures. Planting native species not only reduces the fire risk to your home, but creates habitat for local insects, birds and other wildlife in your yard. Plants like rattlepod and buckwheat are less flammable and attract local pollinators like the Palos Verdes blue and gray hairstreak butterflies. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy sells native plants grown in its nursery and sales support the organization’s work. Many of these plants grow well in southwestern Los Angeles County. For more information, please visit: pvplc.org/plant-sales.