Homes built in wildfire risk regions need to create fire-safe environments. One simple way to create this environment is to remove flammable mulch—pine straw, wood chips, bark mulch, etc.—from beds within 5’ of the home and replace it with gravel. Gravel is non-flammable, conserves water, reduces weeds and is permanent, so it saves money
A 5’x20’ area (100 sq. ft.) needs 32 bags of 3/8” river rock (or pea pebbles) for mulch 2” deep.
How to Replace Flammable Mulch with Gravel Mulch:
1. Measure 5’ from house and remove all flammable mulch.
2. Reuse mulch in beds or compost piles farther away from the house.
3. Use a wheelbarrow to distribute bags of gravel evenly in the area to be mulched.
4.Slit each bag open and dump the gravel in a pile.
5.Use a gravel or landscape rake to spread the gravel evenly around plants.