Do you know how to defend your home from fire? No, not standing on the roof with a garden hose but keeping the landscaping around your house healthy and fire resistant – especially important if you live in a rural area.
Ciscoe Morris, master gardener and certified arborist, narrates four shows made for TV that are now on YouTube. The Ciscoe on: Fire topics include: Communities Taking Action; Beetle Invasion; Fighting Fire with Flowers; and Fire Resistant Home and Landscaping Ideas.
The potential for fire danger in the forests, including urban and community forests, is increasing.
What you can do
People are moving into the urban interface, where forests meet the edge of communities. Ciscoe Morris demonstrates to homeowners how you can better protect yourself from wildfire.
Prevention is the key – not only knowing what steps to take but also being aware of what is going on in the surrounding environment. Forests that are overcrowded and contain many dead trees are signs of an unhealthy forest. Watch for these signs in the greenbelts or forested areas close to your home. Dead and dying trees ultimately mean more fuel for a fire.
Protect your home and community in the event of a wildfire by:
- keeping the trees and vegetation in your yard watered
- keeping vegetation and materials that could become fuel for a fire farther away from the home
- consulting with a certified arborist for diagnosing disease, pruning or thinning
- consulting with local landscape professionals, who are a great source for advice and products
Landscaping offers one of the best returns on investments for homes, and by incorporating some fire resistant techniques, can give some peace of mind.
For more tips on preparing your home for wildfire, go to DNR’s Firewise webpage.