Defensible space is the area between your home and an oncoming wildfire. All vegetation, including native plants and ornamental plants, are potential fire fuel. Through proper planning, you can have both a beautiful native landscape and a fire-wise home. Fire-wise landscapes should also include hardscape, such as granite paths and stone walls. These can act as fuel break -in-between islands of native vegetation– and help to slow down or change the path of an approaching fire.
You will find in this section recommendations for new and existing landscapes, as well as seasonal maintenance checklist to help you maintain your defensible space all year round.