Fire Mitigation is something that we never really want to think about but should. So here's a list of simple things you can do in the garden to improve your defensible space.

1. Keep tree limbs pruned.

It is important to make sure that there are no limbs touching your roof or the sides of your home. If you are looking to plant trees and bigger shrubs around your home, plant them at least 10 feet away from the sides. Keep them well pruned and maintained to make sure that there is not dead material that may catch fire more easily.

2. Use low growing perennials or annuals for around your home.

Low growing plants are great for around your home because they have a smaller footprint and provide interest in front of your home. Keep these free from dried or dead material as well. Perennials, groundcovers and annuals work great! Make sure they are fire resistant and plant them clear of the roofline of your home.

3. Water well.

Keep everything in close proximity to your home well-watered. Healthy plants are a great defense system because they will burn a lot slower and may detour the spread of the fire long enough for help to get there.

4. Maintain your lawn.

Water your lawn in the morning. Make sure to water nice and deep at least 2-3 times a week . You don’t have to water it everyday just make sure it is getting at least 1-1.5 inches of water a week! Maintaining your lawn and keeping it green helps slow down a potential fire from spreading quickly.

5. Clean debris.

Make sure your roof and gutters are spick and span. There should be no debris left around, especially places that are often forgotten. Such as, crawl spaces or spaces like decks where debris can float under and be forgotten. Be on the lookout for dried leaves, brush, grasses and any plants that have died.

Here is a YouTube video on How to Make Your Home and Property Fire-Safe. For more tips!

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