How to Select Plants to Situate Near a Barbecue

All plants are flammable but some are more resistant than others. When situating a barbecue near to a garden or plants, it is important to keep in mind the potential for fire hazards. This article provides some suggestions for avoiding hazardous plants and preferring fire-resistant ones.

Steps

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    Avoid plants that are at high risk of catching alight. The following plants are at special risk of catching alight near open flames:
    • Australian natives - on the whole, these will contain too many volatile oils, for example, eucalyptus, wattles, bottlebrush, grevillea, etc.
    • Plants with crisp leaves, such as cordylines
    • Any plants with brown leaf foliage build-up, including build-up on the ground area around the barbecue (sweep away!)
    • Ornamental grasses, for example, pampas grass
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    Prefer plants that have a slower reaction to flames and are less likely to ignite. Examples include:
    • Plants with waxy or glossy foliage (often subtropical varieties)
    • Agapanthus
    • Fruit salad plant/monstera deliciosa
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    Situate the barbecue well away from plant life as much as possible. Locating it over pavers, concrete, etc. next to stone, brick, etc. walls is preferable.
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    Avoid having any plant materials hanging near or over a barbecue, whatever species of plants you choose to have around the barbecue. Keep plants trimmed, remove dead plant matter regularly, and cut off any overhang that comes anywhere near the barbecue facility.

Tips

  • If using wood for landscaping near a barbecue space, ensure that it is thick; thicker planks take a lot longer to catch fire.
  • If adding plant materials to flavor a barbecue, always remain on hand to keep an eye on the barbecue in case any volatile oils in leaves, etc., spark a flare up. Vegetables are an exception!

Things You'll Need

  • Suitable plants
  • Suitable barbecue location

Article Info

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