Preparing Trees For Bushfire Season
November 5, 2019 | Frontier01
Preparing your trees bushfire season is crucial to protect your home for anyone who lives within bushfire zones. Dead and dry trees allow a fire to spread quickly and easily. Reduce the risk of spreading bush fires by following these must-do tree maintenance tips.
Top Tips for preparing your trees for bushfire season
Prune Trees Away from Homes & Buildings
Fire can easily spread into your home through overhanging branches, leaning trees and trees growing up against your house. Reduce the risk of fires spreading by pruning your trees and creating clearance between your trees and buildings. An Arborist will ensure your trees are pruned correctly while maintaining the structural integrity and health of your trees.
Deadwood is dead, hollowed branches within the canopy of a tree. Because these branches are dry, it makes it much easier for a fire to catch and spread throughout the tree. Your qualified local Arborist will correctly identify any deadwood amongst the canopy of your trees and promptly remove it.
Clean Palm Trees
Dry and dead palm fronds hanging from palm trees can easily catch alight by floating embers. Reduce the risk of fire spreading by having your palms cleaned to remove dry, dead fronds.
Remove Dead Trees
Remove dead or dying trees close to, or up against your home. Dried, hollowed, dead trees can catch alight easily and burn quickly. If you have any dead trees close to your house, get a qualified arborist in to remove them now.
Clean Your Gutters
Clearing leaves away from gutters will reduce the risk of fire spreading into your home. Old dried leaves can catch alight easily from extreme heat or embers floating around in the air. Small dry leaves catch alight quickly, allowing flames to spread through your roof fast.
Understory Clean Up
Has your garden become full of dried fallen leaves over winter?
Dried leaves, fallen twigs and branches create the perfect fuel for a bushfire. Make sure your gardens are clear of all dried matter to reduce the risk of fire spreading through your yard.
Have a scan your yard, and if you see your trees requiring pruning or removal get in touch with our team to book your free quote appointment. Stay safe this summer and be bushfire-ready with a well-prepared home and a bush fire plan.
To check if your Gold Coast property is in a bushfire zone check the City of Gold Coast’s interactive map
For further assistance on bushfire preparation and updates on current bushfire, hazard burns click here.