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Dan’s Garden: Fire Resistant Plants

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Plants that we put in our yard are important in fire safety. The OSU Master Gardeners say people need to be aware of how to protect themselves and really one of the best ways is to keep your plants healthy and well watered. For example, dried juniper would go up like a match.

OSU Extension Office is really encouraging people to choose plants that are more fire resistant, or that don’t contribute significantly to a fuel load. Master gardeners recommend something that has a waxy supple leaf that has a lot of water in it. A nice maple that has a supple leaf is one good example, or this is our native black oak is also very fire resistant.

75% of the homes in Jackson County have trees and plants near them, and are in a fire risk area. Keeping things like sage or conifers that have a lot of resins or oils away from the home is a good idea, especially during mid-summer, when it’s hot and fire risk is high.

There are a lot of great resources out there. Plant lists are available through the Extension Service, but keeping plants healthy and well watered and keeping those fire-prone plants away from the home is probably your best bet.

For more information, consult the OSU Master Gardeners Hotlines:

Jackson County: 541-776-7371
Josephine County: 541-476-6613
Klamath County: 541-883-7131
Curry County: 541-247-6672