Is Your South Florida Lawn Ready for Hurricane Season?
We’re in the midst of it now with hurricane season in Florida fully underway! The official season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Despite the South Florida area remaining spared from storms so far, getting complacent in preparation poses a significant risk.
This season, as you stock up on flashlights, bottled water, and batteries, Landscaping by Blaum wants to share some of our favorite hurricane lawn care tips to ensure your landscape is storm ready.
Preparation Starts (Literally) From the Ground Up!
Picking the right trees and other plants for your yard remains crucial for long-term property safety. Native Floridian trees often provide increased hurricane resistance while also thriving in the tumultuous hot-storm-hot climates.
Additionally, inspecting your existing trees and shrubs for rot or damage can help you prepare. Dead branches remain exceedingly likely to fall, or worse become a whipping hazard in heavy winds.
As one of our additional hurricane lawn care tips, as you prune your existing trees and plants, ensure you keep wounds as small as possible. This will help you manage your greenery’s health and prevent disease from infecting the plants.
Check Your Drainage
Take a survey of your property and remove any debris from storm drains. Making sure the drainage paths remain clear is the best way to help storm waters flow correctly. With blockages and inadequate flow, you run the risk of experiencing worsening flood conditions when a storm hits.
Standing water in your yard can make trees fall over after a storm. Everything may seem okay, but flooding will start to loosen root systems that support even the largest trees.
Clean Up Your Yard
One of the good things about Florida is that our municipalities (as well as residents) are no strangers to storm situations. When they issue a Hurricane Watch, we know that this is a serious event.
If you discover a Hurricane Watch in effect, this is the best time to take inventory in your yard. Look around for loose plants and hanging baskets, in addition to any other loose items that could get tossed around by the storm’s winds. Always implement a strategy to store these items in a garage or another area that can limit them from becoming projectiles.
This extends to loose hanging fruit or nuts that adorn the plants and trees on your property as well. Heavy storm winds can tear off fruit and nuts and turn them into dangerous projectiles.
Safety Remains at a Paramount
As potentially the most important of all hurricane lawn care tips, safety should remain at the forefront during any storm situation. After all, you can replace your yard, belongings, and even a home. However, when your life or the life of a loved one is on the line, the situation is very different.
Plan ahead while always remaining safe while pruning and cutting trees, as well as when you survey your property. When a storm hits, implement your plan of action and remain aware of shelters and other emergency preparations.
Hurricane Lawn Care Tips from Blaum Landscaping
As a South Florida lawn care and maintenance provider, Landscaping by Blaum understands hurricanes and tropical storms as well as anyone. When you need that little bit extra assistance making preparations or addressing hurricane concerns, you can rely on our experts.
To learn more about our hurricane lawn care tips and storm season preparation, contact us today!