Years of drought and dry brush in San Diego has created a landscape that is prime for wildfires.
One way to protect yourself is to create a proper defensible space around your property. The city of San Diego has broken this up between two zones. Zone 1 extends 35 feet from your property. Zone two, is the slope portion of your property extending another 65 feet. As a San Diego property owner, it is your responsibility to manage the brush in both zones around your property. It is the first line of defense against wild fires. You are giving firefighters the space needed and a chance to protect you and your property.
The city regularly does door-to-door inspections on properties along canyon rim that have been identified in the proactive brush management program. We have compiled some of the key things you need to do to manage the area around your property to stay compliant.
In Zone 1, ensure you are:
- Trimming tree canopies.
- Remove any dead wood.
- Cut branches to a minimum of 10 feet from any structures and trees.
- Remove any leaf litter from your yard, roof and gutters.
- Remove any combustible materials around your property and structures.
In Zone 2:
- Create a defensible space by removing dead material.
- Cut or mow annual grass to a maximum of 2”.
- Trim any tree canopies regularly at a minimum of 10 feet between other trees retaining a canopy coverage of 10%.
- Make sure you remove all dead vegetation
- Thin living vegetation
- Prune remaining vegetation
- Including Horizontal and vertical vegetation between shrubs
Broken down this seems like a lot to manage and not everyone has the time. I don’t know about you, but my weekends and evenings are busy… So, what next?
We at Labahn’s landscaping are here to help! San Diego is our home and taking care of our environment is something that we are passionate about. At Labahn’s our team manages both zones for you and takes away any worry. I mean, who needs additional worries about protecting against wildfires? We were recently featured in the city of San Diego’s fire and brush management website video!
Contact us today for a quote on what it will take to manage the brush around your property. Protecting you from wild fires, easing any worries of property protection and ensuring you pass the cities door to door brush inspections.
We are a LOCAL family owned and operated landscaping organization that has serviced San Diego County since 1984. We have more than 120 team members with a full suite of services for our clients including Design, Build, and Maintain services. LaBahn’s Landscaping was founded by Mike and Julie LaBahn in 1984 and their daughter Joanna LaBahn-Cornett is at the helm as CEO after working every position in the business. The executive team has more than 100 combined years in landscaping maintenance and construction management. We are big enough for any job you have, and small enough to care about every client. We look forward to working for YOU!