Find a Master GardenerThe best place to find a master gardener near you¬†is to contact your cooperative¬†extension office.
Contact information for your state’s Master Gardener program is also available through eXtension.org.
More than 90,000 Extension Master Gardener volunteers are available to the general public through locally-based programs across the United States, according to the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES).¬†For more information, visit www.csrees.usda.gov.
The U.S. Department of Agriculure (USDA)-supported Master Gardeners–to find yours, contact your local cooperative extension office–teach homeowners how to plan ahead and prevent fires by using:
- less flammable plants
- removing combustible materials
- properly spacing trees
Create Defensible Space
To prevent fires, the University of California Master Gardener program recommends creating a “defensible space” of 100 feet around your home.
A defensible space is:
- an area around a structure where fuels and vegetation are treated, cleared or reduced to slow the spread of wildfire toward buildings.
This space also reduces the chance of fire moving from a building to the surrounding landscape.
Defensible space should include:
- a plant-free zone of 30 feet surrounding your home
- a reduced-fuel zone with open spaces between plants extending another 70 feet.
If your home is on a steep slope or in a windswept area, an even larger zone is needed for protection.
More¬†helpful tips include:
- using wide spaces between plants near your house
- planting in small, irregular clusters or islands
- using decorative rock, gravel and stepping stone to break up vegetation and fuels
- incorporating a diversity of plants into your landscape
~¬† USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES)