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Posted on: January 17, 2023

Marin Master Gardener Tips Plan Your Fire-smart Landscape

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JANUARY: Time to Prune!

  • Trim and remove all dead & dying vegetation. 
  • Cut back vines and low-growing ground covers (e.g. ivy) to remove build-up of dry stems and dead leaves.
  • Prune trees when dormant (except apricot and cherry).
  • Gently thin and trim back tree & shrub canopies to remove twiggy growth and maintain separation between plants.
  • For trees, remove limbs 6 to 10 feet from the ground, or trim up to 1/3 of tree height for smaller trees. 
  • Avoid topping trees and shearing hedges as this causes excessive and twiggy growth and more fuel for a fire.
  • Remove branches within 10 ft of a chimney, and clear roof & gutters of plant debris. Consult an arborist regarding any branch removal, especially to ensure the health of the tree.  

For More Fire-SmartLandscaping Information:

Visit the U.C. MARIN MASTER GARDENER website: www.ucanr.edu/ucmarinmgfiresmart

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