No matter where you live, isn’t it time to consider a more water-wise and fire-safe landscape for your garden?
From our friends at Houzz.com, this article “Fire-Wise Landscapes Can Help Keep Your Home and Property Safe” is full of compelling facts and advice such as how to slow down or stop a fire in its path.
- Break up large planting areas with a combination of fire-resistant plants and noncombustible materials.
- Reduce the quantity and the size of plants to reduce the fuel for fire.
- Plant ground covers and shrubs in clumps or groups, rather than in a continuous pattern, to create breaks between them.
- Avoid plant overcrowding to minimize plant competition for available water and nutrients.
- Boulders, rocks, gravel or stone in pathways and as a ground cover for bare spaces help create an effective fire break.
- Deciduous trees are often more fire resistant than evergreen trees because they have a higher moisture content when in leaf.
- A property on a steep slope with larger vegetation requires greater spacing between trees and shrubs than a level property that has smaller and sparse plantings.