Lessons Learned From A Close Call
Bad: At least two of the Cypress are too close to the house. I love them, but...
Good: the neighbor's seven Palms and two Peppers removed from along the fence line creates a little more defensible space and reduced potential fuel. Good: the drainage culvert is a small fire break. Bad: there are still at least four dying Eucalyptus right along the fence line, as well as some dead shrubbery. Do I speak to the new neighbors about this?
Bad: flammable plastic storage right next to the house.
Bad: the potting table mess is also too close to the house. Flammable table, plastics. Think about replacing with a metal table but certainly clear out the mess.
Bad: the failed vertical succulent planter: flammable plastic.
Good: that low fern, mulched by rock. Bad: wooden stool used as plant stand.
Flammable door mat
Good: more low plantings under windows
Bad: plastic (flammable) pots on the balcony: those should go. Fired clay or ceramic pots only.
A place to move anything flammable (wooden patio chairs, plastic trash bins, etc) away from the house and all foliage--guess that's the driveway surrounded by concrete walls. Wooden tables and chairs should be replaced by metal, if possible.
Lessons learned after our close call last week. Fire safety is part of California living.
Spiders know! Keep your home as safe as possible.