Corbett, Lesley

Destructive bushfires are increasing in frequency and intensity around the world. For people living in fire prone areas there are no reliable guides about which plants have low flammability and which are frighteningly flammable. Safer Gardens is that guide, with over 500 plants assessed, based on fire research from around the world.
Readers can look up a plant in the Plant Flammability Table to get an idea of its flammability then turn to the A–Z for more detailed information. The book contains advice about ways to create a more firesafe garden, including the need to carefully manage the use of mulch and hedges.

This is citizen science, written by a gardener for other gardeners. Complex and potentially confusing science is made comprehensible and usable, to help you make your garden and hence your house safer.

  • Science-based information about a plant’s flammability, invasiveness and particular needs
  • Reliable guide for people living in fire prone areas
  • Over 500 plants assessed
  • Fire research from around the world

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Australian Scholarly Publishing, April 2021.  434 pages, paperback