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By Maryanne Jackson

Real estate broker CNE, CPRES. DRE# 01784021

August 7, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -

Dear Maryanne,

My fiancé and I purchased a home recently in Lakeside. The home sits on a large lot with a lot of vegetation. Were a little nervous with all the fires that have been flaring up around east county.

Are there steps we could take to help fireproof our yard? Any ideas appreciated.

Joannie B.

Lakeside, CA

Dear Joannie,

There are a few things that will help you to fireproof your yard.

  1. Keep your yard close to your home well hydrated.
  2. Remove dried and dead vegetation from your lot.
  3. Remove trees and bushes that are too close to your structure.
  4. Keep trees trimmed.
  5. Avoid planting Eucalyptus trees; they are known to be flammable.
  6. Plant succulents and fire-retardant plants in your yard. Here are a few that are easy to maintain and can be found at the local nurseries. There are many more; check with your local nursery for a complete list and planting recommendations.
  • Ice Plant
  • Dwarf Aloe
  • Shortleaf Aloe 
  • Creeping Australian Saltbush
  • Cactus
  • Yucca

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