Are native grasses a good fire-resistant option in the high desert?


A turfgrass stand is going to be one of the best plants in creating a defensible space within the first 30 feet of your home. Native grasses are not going to be very fire-resistant and are generally recommended to be used further out. Here is a publication on native plants including native grasses: Selecting Native Plants for Home Landscapes in Central Oregon, OSU Extension.

Native grasses often used for restoration include Idaho fescue, Sandberg Bluegrass, or annual rye. You can hydroseed grasses at a rate of 17 lb/acre or if you are dry seeding you would triple that rate.

Here is additional information on creating a defensible space: Fire-Resistant Plants for Home Landscapes, OSU Extension.

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