Protect your home with firewise landscaping
When you start to smell smoke, it’s too late to create a defensible space Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
When you start to smell smoke, it’s too late to create a defensible space.
Experts say making your landscaping "firewise" makes a big difference between a fire passing by your home - or destroying it.
The Idaho Botanical Garden has a firewise garden. It’s there to show people the best techniques for protecting your home from fire.
“Destruction is not inevitable in a wild land fire,” says Michelle Steinberg of the National Fire Protection Association. “People can do many things around their home, with the home itself and everything around it within a couple feet that make a big difference.”
Experts say low-growing plants with high moisture content are best. Keep the landscaping at least 30 feet from your house and space out the plants. Remember to prune and trim your existing plants.
In addition to making your home firewise, you can work to make your neighborhood firewise. There are more than 20 designated firewise neighborhoods around the state. Find out more here.