Hurricane Prep: What You Need to Know

landscape preparationOne of the realities of life here in South Florida is dealing with Hurricanes and Tropical Storms. Fortunately, it’s been several years since we’ve had a direct hit. But last month, Isaac passed close enough to trigger many South Floridians to put up their shutters and stock up at the grocery store. But in addition to the basics, what else must you do to get your yard ready? Below are four steps to keep in mind.

Keep the Trees Trimmed

One of the first things to consider as hurricane season approaches is the proper approach to trimming trees. This prevents serious damage to landscaping during a tropical storm or hurricane, so ensure that thinning trees, shrubs and bushes are trimmed back to prevent breakage when the high winds take hold.

The goal is to make sure that the wind can properly move through the trees, shrubs and bushes of the yard without uprooting the whole thing or tearing off branches and sending them through windows. When a plant is thinner, the wind moves more easily through it.

It’s also important to ensure that any branches that hang over the house are cut back. Tree limbs can land on the house during powerful wind and can cause significant damage. Branches near telephone lines and any other sorts of cables or wires should also be removed. If you need help, give us a call!

Examine Fences and Other Outdoor Structures

If there are fences, they should be examined as a hurricane approaches. Any loose boards should be secured and any weak posts should be reinforced. This is an often overlooked area of yard preparation during hurricane season—but it can result in flying debris if you aren’t careful, so take care to ensure that fences are up to par.

Batten Down the Hatches

Any loose object can become a dangerous projectile when high winds hit, so make sure that everything you leave outside is properly secured. Any broken furniture or unnecessary extras in the yard should be taken to the garbage heap. Potted plants should also be stored indoors.

If you’ve got any questions, please get in touch with us today. Don’t wait until the day before a storm arrives!