Published on February 9th, 2014 | by Chris Snell - Rental Success0
Bushfire Risks Can Be Reduced With Good Garden Design
As the season continues to sizzle the country and the suburbs home owners can do much to manage and offset the risks of fire running havoc across their home and investments properties. The Country Fire Authority promotes some simple and effective steps that you can implement with your gardens.
- Use the online Plant Selection Key to help choose plants for a garden in a high bushfire risk area.
You should aim to keep the area around your house and other structures (such as carports and sheds) free of plants that can easily catch fire and then ignite the buildings. You should also separate the flammable elements from each other and the house itself.
Garden design should incorporate the following four principles:
Create defendable space
Remove flammable objects from around the house
Break up fuel continuity (keep plants separate)
Carefully select, locate and maintain trees.
Choosing suitable plants
Remember: While a well planned garden is important, it is only one aspect of preparing for bushfire. A holistic approach to bushfire preparation is critical. Appropriate water supply, access, house construction and general property maintenance are all important. On Severe, Code Red and Extreme days, leaving early is always the safest option.
Sourced by Chris Snell, Property Manager Melbourne Australia
See more at: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/landscaping/#sthash.BcAEs28j.dpuf