Fire Pit Landscaping Ideas

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There are a few important considerations that you have to make before you put a fire pit into your home for safety purposes. Get fire pit landscaping ideas with help from a landscape designer in this free video clip.

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Good afternoon. My name is Thomas Lowe and I'm a landscape designer in Atlanta, Georgia. Today, I'll be giving you some fire pit ideas. One of the first things to consider when locating your fire pit on your property is making sure that you don't put your fire pit close to overhanging branches and trees or to close to your home because the embers could catch things on fire. So make sure you have adequate space. The second thing to consider is making sure that the drainage system that you put in is at least a four inch to six inch diameter pipe so that when the fire pit fills up with water that obviously it's going to drain out well. That's why I recommend almost all the time to have the fire pit above grade because the pipe is not going to have to dug in as deep. Also, if your fire pit is above grade and you don't use concrete in between the boulders, then you would not necessarily need to put in as adequate of a drainage system because a lot of the water will run through the cracks. Now if you're going to do concrete, you obviously do have to have a drainage system. Also a concrete fire pit, I recommend the walls to be about twelve inches to sixteen inches wide. This creates a good sitting width and a good sitting height is eighteen to twenty-four inches tall. So that's a comfortable sitting height so that it's multifunctional and you have some good thick walls as well as a sitting wall. There should be a lot of activity around your fire pit whether it's just yourself or a few others or you're having a large gathering. So I recommend that you use decorative gravel, mulch or pave stone or brick. This way you don't have a lot of worn dead areas in your grass or in your ground covers. Also, you can use sitting boulders anywhere from twelve to sixteen inches wide to about twenty inches tall that you can sort of sprinkle around the fire pit so that you have a good area to sit away from the fire pit as well. I hope these have been some helpful hints and some good ideas. My name is Thomas Lowe and I'm a landscape designer in Atlanta Georgia.

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