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Prepping For Hurricanes

Getting Ready For Fall

Preparing your trees for hurricane season is an important step to minimize damage and ensure the safety of your property and surroundings. Here are some guidelines to help you prepare your trees:

Regular Pruning: Regularly prune your trees to remove dead or weak branches. This reduces the risk of these branches breaking off during strong winds. Proper pruning also helps improve the overall health and structure of the trees.

Trim Overhanging Branches: Trim branches that are close to your house, power lines, or other structures. These branches can become projectiles during a hurricane and cause significant damage.

Remove Weak or Diseased Trees: If you have trees that are already weakened or diseased, consider removing them before hurricane season. These trees are more likely to topple during high winds, posing a danger to your property and safety.

Stake Young Trees: If you have young or newly planted trees, consider staking them securely to help them withstand the strong winds. Use soft materials to prevent damaging the tree bark.

Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of your trees. Mulch helps retain moisture, improves soil structure, and prevents soil erosion during heavy rains.

Watering: Keep your trees properly hydrated leading up to hurricane season. Well-hydrated trees are more likely to withstand the stress of high winds.

Inspect and Reinforce: Inspect the health and stability of your trees. Look for signs of disease, rot, or structural issues. If you identify any problems, consult with an arborist or tree care professional. They can recommend necessary actions to strengthen or mitigate risks.

Avoid Heavy Pruning Before Storms: While pruning is important, avoid heavy pruning right before hurricane season. Pruning stimulates new growth, and the new growth may be more vulnerable to wind damage.

Secure Loose Items: Remove or secure any loose items near trees, such as garden furniture, tools, and decorative items. These objects can become projectiles and damage your trees or nearby structures.

Consult an Expert: If you’re unsure about the health or safety of your trees, consider consulting a certified arborist. They can provide expert advice on which trees might need attention and how to properly prepare them for hurricane season.

Have a Post-Storm Plan: Have a plan in place for dealing with fallen branches or trees after the storm. This could involve having the contact information of local tree removal services or knowing how to safely clear smaller debris yourself.

Remember that safety should always be your top priority. If a hurricane is approaching, follow evacuation orders and ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones first. Trees can be replaced, but lives cannot.