npr edvertisers
visitors movie times

Santa Barbara Weather: 43.5°F | Humidity: 78% | Pressure: 29.94in (Rising) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: South | Wind Speed: 0.0mph [see map]

Free Newsletter
  login You create the news! Send items of interest to ed@edhat.com
    17842 Subscribers
      529 Paid (3.0%)
     0 Commenters
     3845 Page Views

Buy Edhat Shirts
Buy Edhat Shirts
Buy Edhat Bags
Buy Edhat Bags
Advertise on Edhat
Advertise on Edhat
Buy Edhat Hats
Buy Edhat Hats
News Events Referrals Deals Classifieds Comments About

Fire Resistant Plants
updated: Aug 11, 2014, 11:36 AM

Source: SBC Fire Department

August is a good time to begin planning for the fall planting season. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department recommends choosing plants or indentifying which plants to keep when performing fuel modification. Look for plants with fire-resistant characteristics such as: • The ability to store water in the leaves or stems • The ability to sprout after a fire • Plants that produce limited dead and fine material • Plants that have extensive, deep, root systems for controlling erosion • Plants with a high moisture content that are maintained with limited watering • Low growing plants • Plants with low levels of volatile oils or resins • Plants that are not considered invasive • Slow growing plants that require little maintenance.

The moisture content of plants is an important consideration because high levels of moisture can lower fire risk by reducing the intensity and spread of fire. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department recommends visiting your local nurseries or botanical gardens to help you make the most of your garden.

For more information on precautions to help you protect your property from a wildfire, please review the Ready! Set! Go! program by visiting our web site at www.sbcfire.com .


7 comments on this article. Read/Add

# # # #


Send To a Friend
Your Email
Friend's Email

Top of Page | Old News Archives | Printer-Friendly Page

  Home Subscribe FAQ Jobs Contact copyright © 2003-2015  
Edhat, Inc.