Wildfire defensible space landscaping.
Prepare your yard
Why is wildfire defensible space important?
Wildfire defensible space landscaping is a critical aspect of preparing your yard for wildfire. Essentially, this means creating an area around your home that is free from highly combustible vegetation and materials. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to destroy your home’s beautiful landscape. It just means you need to practice mindful landscaping and hardscaping to prepare your yard for wildfires.
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Prepare ignition zone one (HIZ1).
Ignition zone one is defined as the area between five and thirty feet from the exterior walls of your home. Plants, decking, fencing, and patio furniture are all examples of items that can turn into fuel for ember ignition during a wildfire. The goal is to thoughtfully manage this zone with defensible space landscaping so that fires won’t ignite in your yard and increase the risk to your home.
Passive vs. active defensible space.
Historically, creating defensible space in your yard has meant taking actions to remove or reduce the presence of flammable material that is within thirty feet of your home by using fire-resistant landscaping materials or simply removing landscaping and patio furniture that might burn. This can be thought of as creating passive defensible space. A Frontline exterior sprinkler system begins to re-imagine defensible space by providing active fire protection for your yard. With Frontline, you can have firefighter level protection for your yard and landscaping, without having to put firefighters in harm’s way.
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Three steps to creating defensible space landscaping.
The term “firescaping” is sometimes used to refer to landscape design that thoughtfully combines vegetation management, smart hardscaping choices, and consideration for how to account for patio furniture during a wildfire. When done well, you are able to create a beautiful outdoor living environment that can also help protect you during a wildfire.
Vegetation management is an important step in landscaping for fire prevention. If possible, remove all shrubs and trees from zone 1 except for a select few that you can’t live without. Thin trees to a spacing of 10 feet between tree crowns and make sure that plants in this zone are fire-resistant (i.e., mostly leafy species). Keep them well-watered to maintain adequate moisture content.
Hardscaping, such as masonry gravel, stone walls, or stone patios can be effective tools to help fireproof your yard land. Decorative rock, gravel and stepping stone pathways, cement driveways and walkways, and retaining walls are all great options for for creating defensible space.
Fire-resistant outdoor furniture.
Outdoor furniture and decorations are at risk of ignition from embers during a wildfire and can act as kindling near your home. If possible, choose outdoor accessories made from non-combustible materials. While this isn’t always practical, be prepared to move items made of wood, plastic, or natural fibers (including pillows, umbrellas, even hot tub covers) inside or at least 30 feet from your home during a wildfire event.
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The Frontline Wildfire Defense System.
Our exterior wildfire sprinkler system is a great addition to a complete wildfire defensible space plan. Contact us today to learn more and see if our system might be right for your home.