It’s important to maintain your landscape to keep it in fire-resistant condition. That means pruning, weeding, mowing, trimming dead branches and removing dead and dried plants. If water — or the lack thereof — is a perennial issue, consider using non-woody native plants that require little irrigation, and incorporating features like walkways, patios, stone walls and boulderscapes that need little care and actually improve your defensibility.

This article in Log Home Living shows you certain landscaping strategies will protect your home and family.

These 18 steps will help you from Creating a planning schedule, to your perfect home site to shopping for financing, to listening to yourself and so much more.