Wildfire protection linked to landscaping

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Wildfires destroy hundreds of homes every year across the country.

Fires can be particularly dangerous in hot and dry climates, and as we reach the fire season, landscapers can have a direct hand in reducing the spreading of wildfires.

Through careful plant selection, planting strategies and proper maintenance, landscapers can significantly reduce the rate of which fire spreads.

Landscapers can create a perimeter around residential and commercial areas by trimming the trees and brush within 30 feet of the buildings.

Choosing fire-resistant materials such as rocks, fire-resistant plants, less flammable trees like hardwood, maple and popular, fire will have less of a chance of spreading faster.

Landscapers have the ability to create fire-safe zone such as swimming pools, stone walls, patios and decks.

More tips from the U.S. Fire Administration:

  • Remove all dead plants, trees and shrubs from the site.
  • Reduce excess leaves, plant parts and low-hanging branches.
  • Replace dense flammable plants with fire-resistant plants.
  • The choice of plants, spacing and maintenance are crucial elements in any defensible space landscaping plan.
  • Beyond 30 feet, remove dead wood, debris and low tree branches.
  • Eliminate small trees and plants growing under trees. They allow ground fires to jump into tree crowns.
  • Space trees 30 feet apart and prune to a height of 8 to 10 feet.
  • Place shrubs at least 20 feet from any structures and prune regularly.
  • Plant the most drought-tolerant vegetation within three feet of your home and adjacent to structures to prevent ignition.
  • Provide at least a 10 to 15-foot separation between islands of shrubs and plant groups to effectively break-up continuity of vegetation.
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