How to protect your garden against bushfires

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When living in a bushfire prone area, it’s important to minimize the risk of the fire coming towards your house. We’ll give you a few simple tips to help, such as spacing out your plants in garden beds, making sure your garden is watered or using open, wide leaf plants like yuccas and ferns that will reduce the density around your house.

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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How To Prepare for a Bushfire
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A simple tip to block your downpipe

If you need to block your downpipes due to a bushfire threat, but you don’t have a plug, you can use a tennis ball or a damp t-shirt to block them.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Reduce your ground cover
2 Create firebreaks in your garden
3 Keep window areas free of plants
4 Use pot plants around your home
  • Step 1. Reduce your ground cover

    Remove any excess mulch or loose-leaf cover around the bottom of plants in your garden. This can easily fuel fires. Consider using crushed rock or gravel around your plants instead.

  • Step 2. Create firebreaks in your garden

    Paths are a great way to create a barrier and a defendable space in your garden. Replace any timber edging around your garden beds with stone or brick edging to reduce potential fire fuel. Even lawn can be an effective barrier between dense garden beds.

  • Step 3. Keep window areas free of plants

    Try keeping plants away from house windows. This means avoiding things such as planter boxes. A stone path around your house is the ideal width to keep clear of plants. 

  • Step 4. Use pot plants around your home

    Planting in pots is a great way to keep some greenery near your home during winter, but then allowing you to move them away from your house and into your garden in the summer months. 

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