Firescaping is the type of landscaping wherein you add another layer of firewall to your home or business in terms of landscape plants and materials used. Aside from manmade firewall, prevent outside fires from reaching your home or business with these simple pointers to remember when firescaping.
Plan in zones.
If your outdoor area is fairly large, better plan in zones when it comes to your plant arrangement. From measuring the distance between trees, shrubs, and plants to picking which plants grow or feature installed in which zone, zone planning will help you focus in one zone and ensure your property is less vulnerable to a fire.
Install fire-resistant plants and features.
From plants which seem impervious to fire to using less combustible materials such as gravel or even installing a water feature, this will greatly help in slowing down or even extinguishing a fire’s flames. For businesses with only a façade to work with, consider planting in small portions to lessen the combustible material fire can use as fuel. You can also opt to simply install a running water feature such as a small pond, fountain or any waterworks which will easily deter any fire. If you plan on installing wood-based materials for your patio, make sure it has been treated with a fire-resistant coating.
Consult with your local fire official and trusted contractors.
Ask a knowledgeable officer on steps you can undertake to achieve a natural firewall. As for plants which are fire-resistant, your local contractor will have a ready list of plants which keep a lot of moisture in them which makes them resist fire easier.
Whether it’s a man-made or naturally-occurring fire incident, it’s better to have a firescaped landscape. Not only does it look beautiful from the curb, you also know you’re indirectly insured from having a fire-resistant landscape ready to slow down fire incidents if it happens.