Caruso’s Green Thoughts ~ How do Plants Return After a Fire?


California has its dry spells and wild fires are a result.

 Did you ever wonder how plants return to an area that was burned out in a wild fire?

 Chaparral plants have actually adapted to infrequent fires. Some even require fire to re-sprout. The “yellow rock rose” seeds need 250 degrees of heat for 5+ minutes to germinate. You can only get that kind of heat from a fire! Some other species use chemicals leached from charred wood and smoke to stimulate seed growth.

 1 – 2 years after a fire: annuals flood a just scorched area.

3+ years after a fire: shrubs re-seed and re-sprout, but take a long time to grow.

 Mother Nature has her mysteries…

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Michael Caruso 949-495-8600 www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Hello…it’s me again – Southern California


Hi…remember me? I’m the Great State of California and you always hear about me on the news.

Forget the fact that I’m broke, you usually hear me referred to along the lines of severe drought, wildfires, heavy rain and then mudslides / landslides, if we ever get our winter rains.

Guess what?  We have our multi-year drought, we had our fires this past autumn and now it’s winter…so here it comes!  You’ll read and hear about us again – because a series of winter rain storms is arriving and we’ll have those mudslides and landslides.

Please keep us in your most positive thoughts and prayers.

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

 

CA Wildfire Preparedness


With fire season well underway in California I am posting some protection and preparedness tips. Please use the following checklist from The Personal Insurance Federation of California to keep your families and communities safe:

-Clear all flammable vegetation within 100 feet of your house. Plant larger trees no closer than six feet from the structure.
-Cut small trees and brush to leave widely spaced, larger trees. Maintain a well-pruned landscape.
-Trim tree limbs hanging over your house.
-Clean all needles and leaves from the roof, eaves, and rain gutters.
-Maintain a well-watered landscape or use drought-resistant plants that won’t increase your fire risk.
-Select low-growing and less-flammable plants when landscaping your home.
-Treat wood shingle roofs with fire retardants on a regular basis.
-Ensure your address is clearly marked and visible to emergency responders.
-Maintain access to your home and property to enable firefighters and their equipment to quickly reach a fire.
-Prepare an emergency supply kit and develop a plan to respond in an emergency. Practice your plan so that everyone will remember what to do. Remember: make the plan simple and easy to understand.
-At a minimum include the following, water (1 gallon per person per day), nonperishable food, flashlight, radio, first aid, medication, sanitation/personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents, cell phones, contact info, and extra cash.

View a printable checklist HERE from the The California Department of Forestry and Fire. And let’s hope the fire in Los Angeles are contained and those affected have quick recoveries.

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

http://www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

(949) 753-7900

Wall Street Fiddled While LA Burned…


I am trying to be happy about the rage on Wall Street today.

But here in Southern California the “devil winds” are blowing again and we have fires (serious ones) just 20 miles north of LA.

This marks one year almost to the day that we had disastrous fires in Southern California and here we go again.  We hardly get a chance to grow new vegetation before the next “fire season’ starts.

So Wall Street, I’m happy…way to go today!

But, I’m gonna pay closer attention to my neighbors to the north than the market this week.  I think you all understand why.

Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors