Landscaping around house

February 1, 2017
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BOISE, Idaho - When Pat Telleria envisioned the house that would be his home for more than 20 years, that vision included defensible space and Firewise landscaping methods. Today, June 30, 2016, his house still stands, and his principles in practice paid off as the Table Rock fire evaded his home as it consumed thousands of acres in the Boise foothills.

In fact, he was so confident, he stayed in the house with his family as the fire burned around it.

"My wife was quite anxious. I said, 'you know... the safest place is right here.' And it was, " said Pat Telleria, who also owns the Barber Hills Nursery, a plant nursery just downhill from the home he built with Firewise landscaping methods including having a wide space with low grasses between him and the tall grasses in the foothills.

"It wasn't a matter of if, but when the wildfire would happen, " he said. "I prepared for it. It's that simple. By creating the space, knowing the combustibles, keeping the weeds knocked down as well so you don't have the tall weeds that can create high flames."

Firewise is a program designed by the National Fire Protection Association, and Firewise is cosponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.

The program empowers local homeowners to take responsibility for protecting their homes from the risks of wildfire. Those practices that are encouraged include having a large space, planting things that don't burn quickly, and even using the right building materials that do not catch fire readily from encroaching flames.


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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