With large tracts of Australia burning and many communities affected by bushfires or living with the threat of fire, it is becoming increasingly obvious that incorporating firewise design principles into gardens and property layouts will be a priority in the future. This will include areas that historically haven’t been considered a high fire risk area.
Firewise Landscapes – Managed landscaped area and entry and exit points to a property.
Incorporating good design principles into large gardens ensures that a garden can be created that is bush fire wise, aesthetically pleasing and functional. Creating a cleared 20m barrier around the house and outbuildings certainly reduces fire risks, but doesn’t need to be bare earth. This area can be used as access driveways and paths, gravel, lawn or planted with low flammability shrubs. This area is referred to as the managed landscape area. Correct plant selection is crucial in high risk areas and the use of certain tree varieties have been proven to slow the speed of a fire, reduce radiant heat and reduce the risk of ember attack. Many deciduous trees are particularly effective as they have high moisture content and minimum volatile oils within their foliage. Mass planted they also look spectacular in autumn with their ever changing golden, red and claret hues.