The Sonoma Community Center will host a free workshop on Firewise Practices for Home Landscapes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 6.

The UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County is committed to helping build a more resilient community post October 2017 wildfires and to better prepare for future wildfires.

After last October’s disaster, a task force of master gardeners convened to review existing information on fire-resistant landscaping and then condense the information into practical guidance to home gardeners.

Learn the steps to design and maintain a fire-resistant landscape where your home, your plants and your hardscape do not easily spread fire. Learn how defensible space and home hardening may reduce the risk of wildfire damage to structures on your property.

Firewise landscaping is a way of incorporating best practices into your garden and topics include landscape design, defensible space, soil, mulch and water considerations, plant selection and maintenance.

For those who want to adapt to the “new normal” of the fire ecology in California, the workshop promises to provide best practices to implement in home landscapes.

The program will include a welcome by Sonoma Mayor Madolyn Agrimonti and 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin, plus sessions on defensible space, maintenance and water use for a firewise garden, rebuilding soil after fire and more.

Registration is required at ucanr.edu/2018mgworkshops.