Defensible Space

We offer the following services to protect your home and property from the threat of wildland fire. We can tailor all work for compliance to state, local and insurance company requirements.

  • Create a 5 foot non-combustible zone around house, decks and other attached structures. (Your local ordinance may require a larger zone)
  • Removal of all dead plants, grass and weeds.
  • Removal of dead or dry leaves and pine needles from your yard, roof and rain gutters. (forest litter)
  • Trim or remove trees to maintain 10 foot spacing from other trees.
  • Remove branches that hang over your roof and keep dead branches 10 feet away from your chimney.
  • Move woodpiles at least 30 feet from your house and cover with a fire resistant tarp.
  • Remove or prune flammable plants and shrubs near windows and doors.
  • Remove vegetation and forest litter that could catch fire from around and under decks.
  • Create spacing between trees and shrubs.
  • Remove the lower branches from trees to a height of 10 feet.
  • Cut wild grasses to a height of no more than 6 inches. (Remove all cuttings)
  • Create a 10 foot perimeter to non-combustible surface around propane tanks.
  • Any other work required by local ordinance.


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What is Defensible Space?

It's the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it. Protect your family, home and property by creating and maintaining defensible space. Creating defensible space is essential to improving your home's chances of surviving a wildfire. It can also give firefighters the upper hand when defending your home from fire. Conversely, defensible space can help to protect the wildland from a structure fire. More defensible space tips: Ready for wild fire?

"I contacted Davis Tree Management to do some defensible space work at my property in Alpine Meadows. After accepting JD's bid, I inquired when was the earliest that he could do the work. Amazingly, he said 8:30 the next morning! His crew was fast, professional, and courteous. They also cleaned up nicely, stacking the wood to the side of the property and removing all debris. Top service on all fronts -- highly recommended."

Justin R.- Chapel Hill, NC