Risky Behaviour

Segment: Risky Behaviour
Episode: Autumn 2020, Ep 1
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
TX Date: 22 February 2020

When it comes to fire risk, the design of your garden and tree placement may be the difference between fire damage and surviving the fires.

  • When it comes to being fire safe watching fuel loads is vitally important, they can be the origin of fires.
  • Marri tress will grow most of their leaves during the wet seasons, and then shed up to 30% of their oil-rich leaves in the summer. These leaves do not breakdown into compost quickly, but they do burn fast and hot. Managing their fuel load is extremely important for fire safety.
  • Paper bark trees burn really hot and are oil rich making them extremely problematic in fire, so tree selection and placement is essential for your garden.
  • Fire is actually an important element in the Australian landscape, keeping it healthy. Burning the landscape reduces the risk of unwanted fires in summer, stimulating new growth, attracting animals which in turn become a food source.
  • Keep trees away from the house and buildings and keep rooves clear of leaves.
  • Some leaves are better than others! Deciduous trees drop leaves but in late Autumn and Winter when the land is wet. Their leaves break down quickly and turn into rich compost. Using Elms and Maples, in your garden design allow for summer shade and winter warmth!