Fall fire season is almost here. So our commercial landscaping construction team wanted to speak about fuel reduction. Fuel reduction is just one way commercial landscapers can help business owners reduce the chances of their properties going up in smoke. It starts with dividing commercial locations up into ignition zones:
There are generally three zones that commercial landscaping construction crews worry about when it comes to fuel reduction. Zone three is located the farthest away from the business and is considered the first fire wall of protection. It typically begins roughly 100 feet from the commercial structure and extends another 100 feet long as well as 200 feet high.
In this area, commercial landscaping construction professionals normally like to use plants, trees and shrubs known to burn slowly. They are often spaced far apart from one another and intermixed with fireproof landscaping materials, like decorative boulders and metal barriers. The barriers and spacing are meant to keep the flames from spreading quickly to other parts of the zone and beyond.
Zone two is the middle layer of protection and usually begins 30 feet from the building itself. Zone one, on the other hand, starts at the business’ front door and extends to zone two. Both are meant to be heavily irrigated with attractive fuel breaks and fire resistant accents built right into the commercial landscape’s design. By fuel breaks and accents, we are referring to the business’ hardscapes (e.g. sidewalks) and paved parking areas.
Unlike zone three, zones one and two are also supposed to feature vegetation that has certain characteristics. For example, they should be devoid of fast-burning components and hold moisture better than their counterparts. The list of plants that are well suited for zone one and two placement includes, but isn’t restricted to rock soapwort, flowering dogwood, impatiens and bird-foot violets.
To speak with our commercial landscaping construction team about this topic and learn more before North Carolina’s fire season begins, please contact us at Long Brothers Landscaping today.