Five Hot Tips to Beat the Heat and Firescape Your Garden

Five Hot Tips to Beat the Heat and Firescape Your Garden














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Lawndale, CA (PRWEB) August 08, 2013

With wildfires and record-high temperatures—the cause of so much damage out West, including the loss of hundreds of homes in Colorado Springs, the death of 19 firefighters in Arizona and wildfire damage in all 50 states, Tesselaar Plants went to the experts for tips on how to beat the heat in the garden and help prevent wildfires.

“This trend of heat and drought is why ‘firescaping’ – or fire-safe landscaping – has become so popular,” said Anthony Tesselaar, co-founder and president of international garden plant marketer Tesselaar Plants. “It’s also why we’ve rounded up this list of expert strategies for helping your garden deal with the heat and risk of fire.”

Pros offering the following tips include Dave Egbert, a California firefighter and gardener who runs the website FiresafeGardens.com; JoAnne Skelly, a firescaping educator with the “Living with Fire” program run by the University of Nevada’s Cooperative Extension in Carson City; and Scott Cohen of Green Scene Landscaping and Pools in Los Angeles.

“Fire safety at home has become a hot topic for rural and suburban gardeners as the number of homes destroyed by raging wildfires has increased,” said Egbert in “Fire-Safe Favorites,” an article in the fall 2012 issue of Pacific Horticulture magazine. “The fire-safe garden can be a rich and colorful landscape, offering year-round interest and beauty while doubling as an important tool in the fight against wildfires.”

1. Remove fire hazards.

While it may seem like a no-brainer, it’s important to continually check for and remove easily flammable and ignitable materials on and around your house – especially anything within 30 feet. “Doing this will greatly minimize the chance of a burning ember setting your property ablaze,” said Skelly.

This means removing any dead or drought-stressed vegetation from your landscape, gutters and roof as well as plants, shrubs and trees that produce combustible materials like dead branches, needles, pine cones and leaves. Skelly also recommends regular prunings at the appropriate times and, when planting trees, keeping in mind their mature height and width so limbs are kept at least 15 feet away from power lines, chimneys and other structures.

Likewise, said Egbert, flammable materials on or around your house – like wooden shingles, outdoor furniture and mulch – should be replaced with nonflammable ones. Stacked wood and scrap lumber piles should be moved at least 30 feet away from the house.

Egbert also suggests installing fire-resistant surfaces and finishes, minimizing roof eaves and removing overhanging decks and fencing. Any trees within 100 feet of the home should have limbs removed up to 10 feet off the ground.

2. Choose the right plants.

“When temperatures hit the high 90s and even three digits,” said Tesselaar, “it’s wise to have some drought- and heat-resistant plants in your garden. He recommends sedum, stonecrop, verbena, coneflowers, lantana, ornamental grasses, phormiums (New Zealand flax), salvia, yucca (Adams Needle from plant developer Monrovia is a great choice) and Festival™ cordyline. Easy-care, drought-tolerant shrubs include potentilla, barberry, buddleia, boxwood, cotoneaster, juniper, and witch hazel. Easy-to-grow annuals that survive in drought conditions include geraniums, ageratum, calendula, cosmos, snapdragons, and Dusty Miller.

Flower Carpet™ roses are also drought tolerant once established. “Even though we had temperatures of 113 degrees for several days and no rain, all I did was water them very well once a week, and they performed beautifully,” reported Carrie Glenn of Howe, Oklahoma (Zone 6b), a Tesselaar Plants home garden tester.

As firescaping becomes increasingly popular, so too, have the number of plants identified or marketed as fire-safe. But Skelly warns that such proclamations come via anecdotal evidence, not scientific testing, and that lists of such plants vary from state to state.

“We try to encourage people to use plants that are deciduous instead of evergreen, shorter instead of taller, herbaceous instead of woody and free of waxes, oils and resins,” she said.

“Traditional firescaping plants have included succulents like cacti, sedum and ice plant,” said Tesselaar, “but there are many more fire-safe plants than you may realize.” Monrovia, he noted, lists 812 firescaping or “firewise” varieties on its website – from agapanthus (or Lily of the Nile) like the sturdy Storm™ series to cannas like the colorful Tropicanna® to fragrant phlox like the Volcano® line.

Egbert, who lives on the Big Sur coast of California, recommends ‘Roger’s Red’, an especially red form of the California grape, California fuchsia (hummingbird trumpet), ‘Catalina’ epilobium, agastache (hummingbird mint), garden asters, Flower Carpet Red® groundcover roses, UC Verde® buffalo grass, spreading prickly pear and seasonal flowering bulbs.

Cohen likes new twists on old standbys, like ‘Hummel’s Sunset’, a colorful variegated version of Crassula ovata (jade plant or money tree); ‘Sunburst’ aeonium and ‘Kitten Ears’ tradescantia (which works well as a ground cover or in a hanging basket).

3. Open it up.

Another sure-fire firescaping strategy involves designing more open space into the landscape. Throughout the property, Cohen recommends vegetation-free strips as fuel breaks to slow or stop a blaze. “These can be decorative rock gardens, faux riverbeds, water features or decomposed granite walkways.”

Similarly, Skelly advises maintaining a separation between layers of vegetation, to eliminate a “ladder of fuels.” Less is better, she says: “Simplify visual lines and groupings. Create islands of plants with lots of open space between.”

But Egbert cautions against clearing vegetation all the way down to bare soil, which can encourage erosion and the growth of weeds.

“A bonus to opening up your landscape is that you’ll find you’ve simplified things,” added Tesselaar. “The breaks in vegetation can add interesting elements to the landscape and overall, it can become more peaceful and relaxing to look at and maintain.”

4. Get in the “zone.”

Some plants are wired by Mother Nature to withstand the heat. “I call them the ‘ultimate fighters’ of the horticulture world,” said Tesselaar. “It’s also a good idea to simply pay attention to what works in your hardiness zone.”

“If you’re looking to add some ‘ultimate fighters’ to your garden, the first step is to look at neighboring gardens to see what seems to be holding up well and what’s struggling,” added Tesselaar. “Your local garden centers can also provide advice about tried-and-true plants that perform best in your area, especially in harsh conditions.”

Cohen creates fire-safe landscapes by dividing the area around the home into concentric zones. These self-designed zones provide a strategy for planning your landscape. The closer the zones are to the structure, suggested Cohen, the stricter the fire suppression guidelines should be.

For example, Cohen calls the 30-foot area closest to the house “Zone 1.” This area is reserved for the heaviest landscape editing, the most vigilant pruning and cleanup and the most fire-resistant plants (in his area, this includes agapanthus, ‘Pixie’ gazania, red hot poker, California fuchsia and pittosporum in addition to a well-watered lawn of creeping red fescue). The next 30 to 100 feet – “Zone 2” – should have low-growing ground covers and succulents (he uses colorful drifts of dwarf oleander, sedum, jade plant and miniature ice plant) to prevent ground fires from racing to Zone 1.

Zone 3, says Cohen, should be a 50-foot-deep area with drought-resistant, reduced-fuel shrubs like rock rose and well-watered flowers like yarrow and California poppies. In Zone 4, about 150 feet away from the house, Cohen focuses more on selective removal of fire-prone plants and the cleanup and pruning of what remains: “Trim plantings in order to create groups of native plants 20 feet apart.”

5. Keep it watered.

As temperatures rise, keeping up with watering is the ultimate firescaping strategy.

“While we want to conserve this valuable resource, it can be helpful to use drip irrigation systems that are inexpensive to set up and that can get water where it matters most – right at the base of plant,” said Tesselaar. “This curbs fungal disease by keeping water off foliage. Also, since you’re only watering the roots, you aren’t encouraging weeds.”

“Watering is a necessary deterrent to fires,” said Skelly. “Keep plants lush. The closer you get to the house, the more vigilant you must be.”

Sprinkler systems, added Cohen, also play a major role in reducing fire risk: “A combination of drip systems and low-precipitation overhead irrigation will keep plants filled with water and less likely to burn.” On the other hand, he warned, you should monitor irrigation to prevent the drowning of any drought-tolerant plants.

“So remember – keep your landscape watered, lean, clean and green,” said Tesselaar, “but don’t be afraid to experiment with color and texture and choose plants that offer you season-long interest.”

Resources:

http://www.livingwithfire.info

http://www.firesafegarden.com

http://www.pacifichorticulture.org

http://www.greenscenelandscape.com

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Flickr image collection: Fire-safe & drought-tolerant plants

About Tesselaar

Tesselaar Plants searches the world and introduces new plants for the home garden, landscape, home décor and gift markets. Tesselaar undertakes extensive research and development of its varieties and, once they’re selected for introduction, provides marketing and promotional support through its grower and retail network. The Tesselaar philosophy is to introduce exceptional plants while “making gardening easy” for everyone, so it makes its products as widely available as possible. Tesselaar believes the more gardeners there are, the better it is for everyone.

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Hidden Hearing Issue Advice on Cleaning Ears

Hidden Hearing Issue Advice on Cleaning Ears















(PRWEB UK) 7 June 2013

Following an increase in enquiries, Hidden Hearing has issued advice on cleaning ears and preventing long term hearing loss in the process.

The ear canal has cells within it that produce cerumen, otherwise known as ear wax, but a build up of this can sometimes lead to temporary hearing loss and pain. Hidden Hearing explains how this can be dealt with safely:


    The amount of ear wax produced by the ear varies from person to person and some people will experience build up at a much faster rate. Ear wax should naturally fall out of its own accord but excessive build up can be removed by a GP with a painless process called syringing.

    It is important to remember that nothing should be inserted into the ears to remove dirt, debris or wax – including cotton buds. According to the head of the Ear Nose and Throat department at St Barthlomew’s in London, 25-50% of cases are ‘traumatic perforations’ caused by direct injury such as a cotton bud being used to clean the ears.

    The outer ear, (the viable part) should be cleaned with a wet facecloth. The ear canal (non-visible) does not need to be cleaned in most cases and will be naturally loosened by water during hair washes and showers.

    Hearing aids should be regularly cleaned of wax according to care instructions.

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.























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Title: When to send for the doctor : and what to do before the doctor comes
Year: 1913 (1910s)
Authors: Lippert, Frieda E., 1867- Holmes, Arthur, 1872-
Subjects: Children First aid in illness and injury
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at catarrh of the mid-dle ear results, ending finally indeafness. The stupid countenance resultingfrom the habitually open mouth, andthe inevitable mouth-breathing accom-panying it, should be enough to put anymother upon her guard. The doctors 149 WHEN TO SEND advice must be sought without furtherdelay, and he will doubtless counsel, atonce, the removal of the adenoids andtonsils. This is by no means a dangerous op-eration, but it needs to be done withgreat thoroughness, to produce thecomplete disappearance of all the ob-jectionable conditions we have de-scribed. Temporary Deafness. Temporary deafness may be causedby the long and obstinate accumulationof hardened wax within the ear canal.Such deafness is apt to occur suddenly,because with even the smallest possi-ble slit-like opening in the mass, thechild can hear. It takes months forsuch masses to collect within the earwithout causing damage until suddenmoisture, or even damp weather, causesthe wax to swell, large enough to close 150

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How to look into the ear without using instruments. FOR THE DOCTOR the opening and prevent the passingof any waves of sound within the canal.If this occurs, the mother will be ableto detect the dark reddish-brown massof wax, by gently drawing the lobe ofthe childs ear upward and slightly outor away from the side of the head. Shemust take the child to the doctor or tothe nearest dispensary, doing nothingherself to remove the mass. In the doc-tors skilled hands, careful syringingwith sterilized boiled water will removethe mass, although it may consume sev-eral minutes. Under no condition isthe mother or child at any time to keepcontinually prodding the ear to removesmaller masses of wax. These roll outof themselves, often unnoticed; the ten-dency to collect in larger masses is asign that too much prodding has beendone and that the ear has beenirritated. 151 WHEN TO SEND Foreign Bodies in the Ear. Children sometimes, through mis-chief or curiosity, put shoe-buttons,pebbles, beads, beans,

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n when agitated by the finger orbow. Thus further modified and intensified, these waves moveonward through irregular cavities, circuitous canals, convolutedtubes, and delicate membranes, all of the most wonderful complexity,until reaching the labyrinth, or parlor of the ear, where there arecushions of fluids upon which they fall and set in motion multitudin-ous little granules of calcareous matter, whose agitation frictionizes DEFECTIVE HEARING. 429 the sensitive, minute branches of the auditory nerve, which penetratethe sacs confining the granules. This influence conveys to themind what is commonly called sound; hut just how this is affectedno human anatomist or physiologist is likely ever to be able to deter-mine. Considering the complexity of all this hearing machinery, and thedelicacy of the various parts composing it, exceeding in some re-spects the wonderful mechanism of the eye, it is not at all strangethat many are affected with partial and some with entire deafness. Fig. 114.

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THE HUMAN EAR. Not a single tube can be closed, not a bone or fibre destroyed, not aparticle of change in quantity or quality of the fluids of the sacs, orthose moistening or bathing the membrane lining the canals orcavities, occur, without affecting the accuracy of the impressionsconveyed to the mind through the mechanism of the ear. Let us briefly look into the most common causes of defective hear-ing. We will commence as soon as we penetrate the orifice. Inwhat is called the external opening, between the outer orifice and 430 AFFECTIONS OF THE EYES AND EARS. the ear-drum, there are yellowish colored glands which pour outupon the lining of this canal a fatty, albuminous, yellow substance,possessing some of the properties of bile, which we call the ear-wax.The true office of this secretion, is probably to exclude insects fromthe ear, as it is disagreeably bitter and adhesive. Flies, mosquitoes,fleas, and the minute inhabitants of the tenement bed-chambercould make as little headway t

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omes chronicalways consult a well qualified aurist surgeon, whowill give you the proper treatment. Repeated acutecatarrhal attacks usually affect the hearing somewhat,by thickening up the drum, and also by closing theeustachian tubes leading from the mouth to the inter-nal ear. In chronic cases of abscess the bones some-times become affected, or diseased and decayed. Thedischarge then becomes very offensive, and can not becured until the dead bone is all removed. In abscess andpain in the ear, laudanum and sweet oil, in equal parts,dropped into the ear, will give relief; also, hot fomen-tations of hops and chamomile should be appliedoften, with a cathartic dose of liver pills (F 3), and onegrain of opium every two or three hours to adultsuntil relieved. Persons suffering with abscess of the ear are liable LIFE AND HYGIENE. 143 to have a cough, and it will continue until the ear iscured. Swimming of the head—vertigo, is also an at-tendant of (otitis) inflammation of the ear. The ears

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Sextons Ear Dolche for Cleaning the Ear. should be kept well cleansed. I have frequently re-moved large quantities of cerumen—wax and dirt fromthe ear of patients, where it completely plugged up theorifice and caused dullness of hearing or deafness.AVhere such is the case, fill the ears with pure sweet 144 THE PHYSIOLOGICAL LAWS OF oil and glycerine, in equal parts; then plug with cot-ton so it can not get out; continue once every day forone week ; then wash the ear out with a small syringe,using soap-suds. If you can not remove the plug ofwax and dirt, go at once to a physician and have it re-moved, and have the ears examined, and see if there isany wax or dirt remaining; if so, use the oil andglycerine as before. The eustachian tubes often be-come closed from colds, catarrhal attacks, and thehearing becomes impaired. It is then necessary tohave them opened up. This can be done only by asurgeon, by forcing air into the tubes, with instru-ments made purposely for such treatment. LIF

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