Landscape Maintenance in the Defensible Space
Contact: Info desk: or 707-565-2608
Sponsor: UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County

Learn more about how to create and maintain a fire-wise, sustainable garden that supports biodiversity while meeting County code requirements.

Maintenance of our landscape is the most important step in keeping your property and neighborhood fire-wise and sustainable.

Pruning, irrigation, mulching, composting and other maintenance techniques will be covered. Also, what to do on high risk weather days.

This workshop will allow plenty of time for questions, and will provide:

  • Recommendations for fire-wise landscaping maintenance in the 0-5’, 5-30’, and 30-100’ defensible space zones, with design suggestions
  • Practical ways to reconcile the sometimes conflicting guidelines, to achieve a beautiful, biodiverse, energy-saving and water- and fire-wise landscape.
  • Proper maintenance techniques such as pruning, irrigation, mowing, composting and mulching.
  • A practical understanding of what it means to be sustainable in an ever-changing California climate.
  • Resources for how to move forward with your landscape

Workshop creators and presenters include:

Jennifer Roberts: Environmental Education Specialist, UC Cooperative Extension, Sonoma County
Jon Kanagy: Design and Implementation Project Manager, Sonoma Ecology Center
Mimi Enright: Program Manager, UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County
April Owens: Executive Director, Habitat Corridor Project; Horticulture Chairperson, CNPS-Milo Baker Chapter
Ellie Insley: Landscape Architect, Natural Habitat Restoration Specialist; Director, Sonoma Ecology Center

All are welcome.