Landscaping after wildfire

If a wildfire recently burned through, you may have questions. Are my trees alive? What is wrong with my soil? Will anything grow back?

If a tree’s trunk is severely burned more than halfway around or if more than half of its roots were burned, the tree will probably die. It should be removed.

A less-burned tree may survive. Look for needles and leaves– the more, the better. Cut a quarter-sized hole into the trunk’s bark and peel back a bit of the bark from branches. If just below the bark is a green or white moist layer, called the cambial layer, that is a good sign. read more

Landscaping to prepare for wildfire

We live in a wildfire-prone area, and this impacts our garden and landscape. We need defensible space extending at least 30 feet around our homes. In this area, plants should be spaced out horizontally and vertically. They should also be carefully selected and maintained.

Close to home, plantings should be short and herbaceous or succulent, mulched with river rock, gravel or decomposed granite. A rock garden with lavenderleaf sundrops, pineleaf penstemon, mountain beebalm and longleaf flox is perfect here. read more