Fire wise landscaping isn’t necessarily the same thing as a well-maintained yard. Fire-safe landscaping uses fire-resistant plants that are strategically planted to resist the spread of fire to your home and surrounding property.

Larry has years of hands-on experience with fire wise and fire safe landscaping. Always passionate about the outdoors, Larry has a natural talent for landscaping and integrating nature's beauty with fire safety. Using his Cal degree, and following the expert advice of federal, state and local agencies like Cal Fire, the National Fire Protection Association, the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Larry and his crew have a distinct advantage when it comes to the importance, safety and aesthetics of fire wise landscaping. 

The good news is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make your landscape fire-safe. With fire wise landscaping, you can protect your home, increase your property value and conserve water while beautifying your home and property at the same time.

Unlike floods, hurricanes or earthquakes, there are simple and often inexpensive ways to make homes safer from wildfire. With a good understanding of wildfire hazards and mitigation strategies, community residents can effectively lower the wildfire risk and losses to their homes, neighborhoods and natural resources. 

The National Fire Protection Association recognizes that the change needed to reverse this loss trend begins with a rock-solid understanding of the basics of how wildfires ignite structures combined with scientifically proven mitigation actions.

Online Learning Opportunities Available with Firewise USA.


The mission of the NRCS is to improve, protect, and conserve natural resources on private lands through a cooperative partnership with state and local agencies. While its primary focus has been agricultural lands, it has made many technical contributions to soil surveying, classification and water quality improvement.

*NRCS grants available for fuel reduction & seedling planting

Larry Rugoff


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Fire Wise Landscaping
Integrating Beauty with Safety