It’s no surprise how damaging hurricanes and strong winds can be your landscaping, and more importantly, your home. More often than not, these natural disasters are unpredictable and leave little time to prepare for. However, with that being said here are a few preventative steps you can take that could potentially save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in the long run:
- Pick your trees and trim them well: One of the most important and preventative steps in protecting your precious home during a windstorm is through keeping your trees well trimmed. Hurricanes yield heavy rain and violent windstorms—a perfect recipe for debris, toppled trees, and downed power lines. Keeping your trees well trimmed and away from power lines, windows, and your roof could potentially save you thousands of dollars in repairs. Unsure if you’re at risk? Schedule a consultation with our landscape professionals who can overview your property and analyze any major landscaping risks your home may face—not to mention improve your curb appeal!If you’re in a flat, wind-prone area, but would still like to add some trees to your landscaping, consider consulting your landscaping service for options. We can provide you with captivating landscape designs and options for strong, stylish trees suitable for stormy weather.
- Collect and store garden hazards: It is also a good idea to remove anything that is not firmly rooted to the ground. This includes but is not limited to: potted plants, hanging baskets, garden containers, trashcans, holiday decorations, etc. In addition, any and all gardening tools should be properly secured and stored away; this can prevent terrible accidents from occurring during high winds. The last thing you want is to find your shovel in your car’s windshield—trust me, it can happen!
- Keep your plants protected: If you know a storm is on its way, then it’s probably a good idea to start protecting the small trees and shrubbery in your garden, as these are very susceptible to wind damage. You can do this by reinforcing them with stakes or by surrounding them with sand or soil bags. With heavy rain, it’s also imperative to have proper irrigation and drainage to prevent turning your yard or garden into a Great Lake. Consider consulting your professional landscaper for more advice on these options.