16 Sep How landscaping can help protect your Home from Fire
It’s seems like in Southern, CA, we are always under the threat of fire. High temperatures coupled with dry winds can be a recipe for disaster. Luckily, there are some landscaping tricks that can help become the first defense against the threat of fire.
Not only can beautiful and well manicured landscaping increase your home’s value up to 25% or more as well as reduce energy bills, but it can also be a natural security system to help protect your house from fire.
1st: You must choose the right plants
2nd: Find the location where they can do the most good
3rd: Take proper care of the landscaping
DEFENDING AGAINST FIRE:
Setting up Fire Defense Zones can make it easier for Fire Fighters to put out fires.
Zone 1: The area within 30 feet of your house.
Put Hardscaping such as pavers or gravel in the first 4 feet out from your house. Then, plant low growing and less dense foundation shrubs, like azaleas.
Keep trees away from this zone.
During a wildfire, if Zone 1 has burning shrubs and trees, firefighters may decide it’s not safe to stop, and just move on.
Zone 2: This area extends 100 feet from your home, more if your property is on a slope. In this zone, trees and shrubs should be thinned out and opened up by removing branches close to the ground. Zone 2 is a good place to install wide paths, which act as firebreaks.
MAINTAINING YOUR ZONES AGAINST FIRE:
• A well-maintained yard will deprive flames of fuel to burn. Keep your grass cut and watered.
• Take the time to clean up and dead plants, leaves or branches which can burn very quickly
• Remove weeds and Prune any dead tree branches
There is no such thing as complete fireproofing of your Home, but there are some grasses and mulches as well as plants that can fan the flames of a fire and others that are slow burners which can give you the time to save your house.
• If you are going to use mulch, choose gravel, decorative rock or even a bark-and-rock combo, which are less flammable.
• Foundation plantings like Sedum have very high water content and are less flammable than boxwoods, hydrangeas and azaleas.
• And lastly, try to avoid plants that have wax stems that contain oils or wax like
Pines, junipers and eucalyptus.