Fire pits are distinctly different from fireplaces. Most fire pits are round, low to the ground or at ground level and open on all sides. Fireplaces, on the other hand, tend to be larger, one-sided structures. When you have a fire pit in your garden, you need to be aware of the possibility that stray embers can easily escape the pit and blow into your yard. Having plants close to your fire pit might seem impossible, but we guarantee you that it is not.

You can still have a beautiful garden close to your fire pit if you are cautious and thoughtful regarding the matter at hand. Below, we share some of our top tips for incorporating plants around the centrepiece of your garden; the fire pit, of course!

Distance:

There doesn’t have to be miles and miles of gravel separating the greenery in your garden from the fire pit, but we do advise that you keep the immediate area around the fire pit clear of vegetation. This helps to keep the fire contained to the pit. Keep this tip in mind during autumn or dry summers, because dry grass or fallen leaves can become a severe fire hazard.

Use non-flammable landscaping elements close to your fire pit. These include bricks, river rocks and artificial wreath, boughs and garlands classifying as non-flammable.

Planters:

You are probably wondering how to safely add a pop of colour to the area around your fire pit? We would highly advise you to consider the use of planters. Non-flammable containers, like ceramic or metal, makes for beautiful planters. Remember to plant small, annual plants in them, and steer clear of plants that are likely to catch fire. Replace your potted plants regularly to prevent them from drying up and becoming fire hazards.

Trees:

Having a fire pit in your garden does not mean that you need to hug your trees goodbye. Trees offer a beautiful natural backdrop for your fire pits. Just keep in mind that embers tend to float up with the wind, which means that it could easily get caught in overhanging branches. Be extra cautious when planting trees in your garden and consider planting them further away from your fire pit, so that there are no overhanging branches to deal with.

Considerations:

There is nothing wrong with taking extra precautions to ensure your safety when it comes to fire hazards. Before you use your fire pit, be sure to sweep the perimeter to remove any fallen leaves, twigs or pine needles. Don’t place chairs and benches too close to the fire pit, and keep a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby when you are enjoying some time next to the fire. Always keep an eye on the weather before lighting a fire, and rather change your plans if strong breezes and stormy weather is predicted.

The right landscaping elements can elevate your fire pit to the next level. We hope that these tips help you to create a spectacular area around your fire pit and that your flames will soar higher than ever before.

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