Hurricane season in Florida is from June to November every year. Whether you have lived in Florida your whole life or you are a recent resident of the sunshine state, hurricane season is made clear. This season is comprised of more than just hurricanes. Tropical systems, depressions, and severe storms fill this time and can be very damaging on their own. Most people know the basic preparation that hurricane season requires.
The Best Defense is Being Prepared
As people stock up on batteries, water jugs, and non-perishable foods, it is easy to forget some of the bigger precautions we need to take until a serious storm headed our way. When a storm that has picked up speed and power is headed towards Florida, people find themselves scrambling to be prepared. The shelves may be empty from the last-minute shoppers, but many haven’t even considered factors like their lawn and windows.
A properly placed and maintained tree in your yard can provide protective, helpful measures in the case of a storm. On the other hand, a poorly maintained tree could prove to be dangerous and destructive. If the right tree is placed in the right place, it can help with wind-break and protect your property from strong winds. Otherwise, a poorly maintained tree can produce branches and debris that can break windows and damage your roof.
Trimming and Pruning: Start Early
The best time to prune your trees is during their dormant season or some time during early spring. A professional tree service like the people at Warner Tree Service can tell you want species will require what. They will also be able to tell you when the best times to prune and trim those species are. It is important to note that trimming and/or pruning a tree should never take place during a Hurricane, or Tropical Storm, Watch, or Warning.
Improperly pruned and trimmed trees can break and fall over during a storm. This can provide dangerous and heavy debris for the strong winds in a hurricane. Trees must be taken care of by a licensed professional before hurricane season so they are safely maintained.
Know What To Look For
The trees that are most susceptible to damage during hurricane season are trees youngers than five years old and those that are very old and large. Younger trees don’t have an extensive root system in place yet. This means that they don’t have a strong, sturdy anchor in place to protect them against strong winds. Old trees often have decayed and weak branches. By knowing what to look for, you can save yourself a lot of time and money by doing it right the first time.
Part of knowing what to look for also includes selecting the right trees and shrubs for your lawn. When landscaping, more should go into the selection than just basing it on aesthetic appeal. One of the ways you can ensure your property is protected is by choosing trees from the “highest” and “medium-high” UF/IFAS Wind Resistance. By working with a professional, you can ensure your property is protected.
Work with a Licensed Professional
A certified arborist knows exactly what to look for and how to create a safe barrier for your home. At Warner Tree Service, we are dedicated to using the safest measures to protect your home, maintain its appearance, and supplement the natural environment. Hurricane season is upon us and it is not too late to make sure your lawn is safe in the case of a storm. Do not wait until a storm is already on its way to prepare. For more information about preparing your lawn for hurricane season, contact Warner Tree Service at 727-946-7098.