Weed Control and Defensible Space
updated: Feb 06, 2013, 10:48 AM
Source: Santa Barbara Fire Department
February is a good time to begin weed control efforts in your yard and garden. The Santa Barbara
County Fire Department reminds home owners that providing and maintaining a defensible space
around your home, can reduce the risk of structural damage caused by the now year round threat of a
Please consider these three defensible space guidelines:
1. Create and maintain a defensible space of at least 100 feet or greater around each
building or structure on your property.
2. Preserve single specimens or groupings of well-spaced and well-pruned trees or
3. Eliminate ladder fuels within the defensible space zone by disrupting the vertical
and /or horizontal continuity of plants.
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds homeowners that proper landscape
maintenance can dramatically reduce the risk of fire transmission to your property and provide a
defensible space so that firefighters can safely protect your home during a wildfire.
For more information on defensible space, please visit the Santa Barbara County Fire Department's
website at www.sbcfire.com and click on Ready! Set! Go!
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