When it comes to landscaping projects, fireproofing is almost always at the bottom of the list of priorities. However, it’s absolutely essential to consider your climate, geography, and fire danger before you put the first shovel in the ground.
Here are some things you can do to fireproof your landscape:
- Build hardscaping into your plans. Paving stones, concrete, retaining walls, and pathways can all help protect your home.
- Make sure to keep a short distance between your house and your plants. By ensuring these are well irrigated and low to the ground, they’ll provide a break in case of an emergency.
- Keep plants and trees trimmed and in good health. Dead trees, dead bushes, and other items that can burn quickly should be removed without delay.
- At the end of the summer, make sure to fully remove leaves, branches, and other combustible materials from your property.
- Use native plants in your landscaping. These plants have been adapted by nature to survive whatever your climate might throw at them.