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Posted on: April 26, 2021

The Fire-Smart Sanctuary


Here’s a fire-smart tip from UC Marin Master Gardeners - create a fire-smart sanctuary.  By using sustainable and earth friendly garden practices, your garden can be a place for pollinators and insects to travel through, making it a wildlife corridor.  

The UC Marin Master Gardeners have plant lists to help homeowners select attractive, easy care, water wise, and pollinator friendly plants. California natives are a good choice that include important host and nectar plants. 

Remove invasive plants. Unfortunately excessive clearing or “scorched earth” gardening provides a vulnerable entry point for the plants we do not want. 

When problems arrive use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for the least toxic and most natural methods of pest management.  Avoid pesticides that can harm birds and other wildlife. 

Nurture the soil to protect the life in it. Add compost and organic materials rather than synthetic fertilizers.  

Make your garden sustainable, healthy and fire-smart. For plant lists visit  For more information visit

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