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A wildfire is like a hungry animal looking for something to survive on. The probability of your home surviving increases greatly if you make some fire-wise improvements such as using fire retardant building materials and creating defensible space around the outside perimeter with firesafe landscaping that has enough fuel reduction measures built in, so it’s not easy pickings for embers or sparks to burn your home. Every year now wildfires leave thousands of homeowners without their homes. In the wake of these disasters, a major component to fire-safe home rebuilding is “defensible space”—a specially planned and designed area around your house that provides maneuvering space for firefighters as well protects you from raging fires by providing hardscape barriers with water supplies on hand; if one does break out it can also serve as an escape route in case there are any secondary dangers such like incendiary bombs or flying embers raining down. ​Homeowners who want to protect their property from the ravages of fire need only consider planting a defensible space. The judicious selection and placement of certain plants and trees can be used as strategy for decreasing damage done by fires, making these spaces less appealing to a fire than an unkept yard but still allowing homeowners peace-of mind knowing they have taken action before disaster strikes
​A common misconception is that defensible landscape design calls for the stripping of visually appealing trees and plants, leaving a barren wasteland. But there are plenty ways to make your yard look good even after an unfortunate fire by using native species which can provide stability in times like these! even severely burned-out plant matter can provide stability to your land by way its roots which reduce risk from erosion after wildfire or other natural disasters! In this case you’ll want focus on: reducing fuel loads in order not maximize losses; use native species instead when possible–they’re adapted better than exotic ones do. The fire-adaptive traits of native plants ensure the preservation of our beautiful landscape and allow for a more resilient, sustainable future. There are trees and shrubs that are the perfect for all defensible space zones. This is because they can be used as a safe distance from other plants or structures without being too close to any firespots in your landscape – which would lead you into danger! When choosing what kind of trees should go on our property we want low resin/sap content levels with no rough bark (especially if it’s going near anything that might burn). It may also worth considering replacing some ground covering plants that have been known to catch fire easily when dry.

Mind the litter that plants create in the off-season

Planting trees and other plants in your yard can be a great way to create shade for those hot summer days. However, these same areas are susceptible if you’re not careful about which ones get planted there- the wrong type of litter could cause problems when it comes time to deal with fires during wildfire season! If you want to minimize your homes fire risk, consider planting a non-inducing type of plant. Pine trees are very flammable and create quite a lot of highly combustible waste during dormancy which increases their ignition potential in high fire prone areas.
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Incorporate fuel breaks like gravel and stone hardscaping into your landscape design

Zone 1 is the first line of defense against wildfire. The plants closest to your home should be replaced with a more mediterranian style bed or patio stones, and mulch can be switched out for flame resistant landscaping materials that will help visitors navigate safely through their living space without getting too close and risking themselves in case there’s an emergency. There are several ways you could do this: replace all remaining vegetation within 3-5 ft (on both sides) from property lines using Hardscape landscaping (Brick, pavers, gravel &stone) instead; weave pathways made up primarily stone while maintaining natural surface texture like crushed oyster shells as appropriate. Lastly, Mow, prune and trim all zones regularly to maintain defensible spacing between trees. Keep it clean by disposing of litter promptly so that you can enjoy a healthy and beautiful landscape without having any worries about fires or sparks. Check your gutters monthly if they are free of plant materials too – this will help keep them open longer than just water alone would do otherwise. In addition, you may want to consider installing a drip irrigation system to maintain your plants while keeping the soil moist and less prone to fire.

For more on recommended plants, you can check The Directory of Firewise Plant Lists


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