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Firewise Landscapes

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Take a look at the 2017 Master Gardeners publication Fire Resistant Plants for Chelan/Douglas County Washington. The publication offers a step by step guide to help you choose the right plant for the right place for a fire resistant landscape.  It’s a valuable tool that you can use to reduce losses to your home and property from wildland fires in North Central Washington.

The purpose of the guide is to provide building owners guidance and education about ways to beautifully landscape property with fire-resistant plants. Fire-resistant plants placed in the appropriate areas around homes and businesses, coupled with proper maintenance, can help reduce damage from wildland fires. It lists specific plant varieties suitable to this area.  68 pages.

Similar to the publication, the two-page Fire-Resistant Landscaping for Chelan/Douglas County Washington   brochure discusses landscaping zones around the house and the types of plants to use in each zone and some key maintenance tips for a healthy, beautiful and Firewise landscape.  It differs in the detail of information on suitable plant varieties.

Firewise Demonstration Garden

The Chelan/Douglas County Master Gardeners, in cooperation with Douglas County Fire District #2, planted a firewise demonstration garden at the  fire station in  East Wenatchee in 2017. The garden is located on Eastmont at 4th Street, East Wenatchee, WA. While the Master Gardeners designed and installed the garden, the fire district  maintains this garden.

Signs along the interpretive path through the garden mark the different firewise landscape zones, working from the zone closest to a house outward to the zone furthest away.  It includes aesthetic landscape features that  add diversity to a yard, and non-flammable mulch. A bench, provided by a local Eagle Scout complements the landscape.

Stop by and enjoy this demonstration garden at the fire station. Parking is available off 4th Street in the fire station parking lot.

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