Junipers are extremely flammable due to their high resin content, and should be removed from zone 1. I knew this, but I liked the way it looked in its bed, and I just couldn't bring myself to remove it.
|Garden bed after the Juniper was removed. I forgot to take a before picture.|
Nothing like teaching a class on fire preparedness followed by firewise landscaping to make you practice what you preach! I finally ripped it a couple days ago when the snow all melted. I'll have to review the bed once the remaining plants come in to see what I want to do with it. On the bright side, I guess it gives me a new opportunity to buy plants -- I didn't have many open spaces left in my garden.
For more information on firewise landscaping, please see this fact sheet: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/natres/06305.html