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Firescaping Information and Services
Firescaping refers to creating non-burn areas around your home to help contain house fires and wildfires. It’s essentially creating a firebreak for your property.
Homeowners in Shasta County know how periodic and prolonged droughts can increase the risk of spreading wildfires. If flames don’t have a path to follow, the fire won’t spread. The closer to your home, the fewer plants and materials you want.
A-1 Tree Services & Stump Removal offers firescaping services to help you create non-burn areas around your home to keep your property safe and secure.
Creating Non-Burn Zones
The principles of firescaping can be narrowed down to creating three defensible zones. These zones include different plants and materials to help slow the spread of the fire.
- Zone One: This zone includes clearing a 30-foot area around your home. In this area, you can include concrete or brick patios, low-growing annuals or perennials, and irrigated lawns. Trees can be planted in this area, but they must be deciduous. Deciduous trees have a higher moisture content and don’t contain flammable oils. Contact a tree care company to remove any dead or low-hanging branches within 15 feet of stovepipes or chimneys.
- Zone Two: This zone includes plants and materials that are no closer than 70 feet away from your house. In this area, you can include gardens and orchards. Trees plants in this area must be kept 15 feet off the ground and pruned regularly. Mowed lawns or ground-cover plants with high moisture content can help to slow flames in these areas.
- Zone Three: This zone includes plants and materials that are no closer than 100 feet from your house. Trees in this area ought to be separated by 10 feet. Branches must also be pruned regularly to stay 10 feet off the ground.
For more information on firescaping or to schedule firescaping services, contact A-1 Tree Services & Stump Removal today.
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