Preparing Your Landscape for Hurricane Season
- Wind directions
- Tree failure (and the potential impacts to your property)
1. Prune trees PROPERLY
To prune or not to prune, that is the question. First and foremost, properly planted and maintained trees are the best defense against any potential hurricane damage. But, if it has been a while since you pruned your trees, make sure that you follow this checklist:
- Remove any dead or broken branches
- Stake leaning trees and leave newly planted trees staked
- Remove limbs that overhang structures
- Prune your trees with a healthy central leader in mind
Palms must be pruned properly as well.ONLY remove dead leaves (completely brown) and never prune above the 3:00 and 9:00 hands on a clock. For more information on properly pruning palms go here.
This blog post from UF/IFAS Extension Monroe County is really helpful in determining how and when to prune your trees before a hurricane.
2. Clean gutters
3. Make a plan for potted plants
4. Anchor and/or brace outdoor structures and consider how to deal with potential wind damage to solid fencing.
5. Take photos and document your property before the storm.
For more information on preparing your landscape for a hurricane, cleaning up your landscape after a hurricane, or selecting wind resistant trees for your landscape, contact us.
There is a lot of very helpful information on the UF/IFAS woody landscape plants website. Just select “trees” and you will find information on everything from tree selection to design and pruning.