Very few think about the damage fire can do, until it happens. Cathy Isom has some helpful tips about how to make your landscape a fire fuel-free zone. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
Fires require fuel to burn. If you’ve ever tried to start a fire with uncured or unseasoned wood without an accelerant, then you know exactly how hard it is. That premise can be an asset to your landscapes. Here are some ideas to help make your landscape a fire fuel-free zone.
Maintaining a debris-free zone around the perimeter of your house is an easy way to reduce your risks. If your gutters accumulate leaves, clean them often during dry weather. Also, if you have any trees, shrubs, or plants have died due to extended drought, pull those.
Wooden decks and patio furniture are also great fuel sources for fires. In drought areas, opt for decking materials that are fire-resistant. When choosing furniture for your outdoor living area, opt for fire-resistant materials. Outdoor pillows, rugs, and other fabric decorative items can also increase your fire risks. Fortunately, manufacturers do make fire-retardant pillows, cushions, curtains, and more. That way you can still express your personal style without increasing your fire risk.
Believe it or not, there are plenty of plants that have natural fire resistance. There are also plants more prone to burning.
Protect your property perimeter by planting wisely.
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