Gilbert's Tree Service, Inc. techniques in designing defensible space to protect your home and family from wild fires.
Creating a defensible space around your home is one of the most important and effective steps you can take to protect you, your family and your home from catastrophic wildfire. Defensible space is the area between a structure and an oncoming wildfire where nearby vegetation has been modified to reduce a wildfire’s intensity. Many people resist creating a defensible space around their homes because they believe these areas will be unattractive and unnatural. This is far from true. With careful planning, firewise landscaping can be aesthetically pleasing while reducing potential wildfire fuel. It can enhance beauty and property values as well as perosnal safety. Gilbert’s Tree Service, Inc. is fully trained and has many years of experience in the proper landscaping of defensible space.
Many plants are highly flammable during different seasons of the year. When they are left unmanaged they can accelerate the spread of wildfire through your neighborhood, threatening homes, property and lives.
All vegetation that is naturally occurring is potential fuel for fire. The type, amount and arrangement have a direct effect on fire behavior. There are no true fireproof plant species, so plant choice, spacing and maintenance are critical to defensible space landscaping. Where and how you plant is more critical than what you plant.
Gilbert’s Tree Service, Inc. specializes in thinning of trees and vegetation, reducing the potential fuels for fires, removing hazardous trees, recommending where and how to plant what vegetation.
A plants moisture content is the most important factor in determining its dryness. Conifers tend to be flammable due to their oil and pitch content, even though they have high water content. Deciduous plants tend to be more fire resistant because their leaves have higher moisture content, and their basic make of materials tend to be less flammable. Also when deciduous trees are dormant, there is less fuel to carry fire through their canopies.