What exactly is sustainable landscaping? In a nutshell, it involves selecting plants that are adapted to your climate and microclimate and implementing maintenance practices that reduce water waste, protect water quality, nurture soil, recycle organic matter, incorporate integrated pest management (IPM), protect and encourage desirable wildlife, and conserve energy.
If the roses in your garden have given you that great first flush of blooms, continued care can keep you in roses throughout the summer. Be sure to deadhead regularly, cutting the stems back to a cluster of 5 leaves. Check for diseases and remove diseased leaves promptly. May diseases and pests can be controlled with insecticidal soap. For more information, visit the ornamental plant section of this website.
- Create a Defensible Space During Wildfire Awareness Week
- Landscaping for Fire Protection (Calif. Garden Web)
- UCCE Sustainable and Fire Safe Landscapes
- CAL FIRE
In addition, there are helpful publications available from:
- Landscaping Tips to Defend Home from Wildfire (Publication 8322)
- Home Landscaping for Fire (Publication 8228)