FireSmart BC launches landscaping guide and plant tagging program

According to Reynolds, one of the most common mistakes people make is having conifers on their property that have cone-shaped seeds like pine trees.

“In the event of a fire, there is only embers, hundreds of thousands of embers that are thrown around. That conifer by your house is fuel. This is what the fire is looking for. Said Reynolds.

But it’s not just about what you plant, it’s also about how you look after your property all year round. Art Knapps’ Jos Van Hage says that before the season starts, people need to be diligent and protect their property.

“The most important thing in spring is that people start watering early …” said Van Hage.

Van Hage also recommends that in an area where things are more flammable, you should plant things that will give you as much protection as possible.

“Take lava rock, take limestone, it will keep it clean and keep rodents away, it will be less flammable.” said Van Hage.

The FireSmart Landscaping Guide is being mailed to kindergartens and garden stores across BC

Art Knapps is holding a FireSmart information workshop on Saturday, May 15th, to which the public is invited.

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