How to Prepare Your Trees for Hurricane Season

By: McCullough Tree Service| On: July 20, 2020

How to Prepare Your Trees for Hurricane SeasonAlthough it is advisable to start preparing your trees before the hurricane season begins on the 1st June, it is never too late to undertake this task and help safeguard your home from severe weather.

From inspecting your yard to hiring a professional tree trimming company, to taking care of your trees all year round, keep reading to find out how you can prepare your trees for hurricane season, plus, which trees are most likely to remain intact.

Inspect your yard

Being aware of the condition and overall health of the trees in your back and front yard is crucial in keeping your home protected from a hurricane or other dangerous storm.

Take time to thoroughly examine each tree, looking at the bark, trunks, roots, and branches. If you see any signs of damage such as root rot or branches that appear insecure, you need to act immediately.

If you are in doubt about a potential problem with one or several of your trees, it is always best to seek professional help to be on the safe side.

Prune your trees

Arguably the easiest way to minimize the risk of your trees causing damage to your property during a hurricane is by making sure that you regularly prune them. Aim to cut back any branches that are close to your property or any that appear weak or damaged.

Don’t forget to also prune the lower branches of younger trees as a failure to do so can lead to an unstable tree that is more likely to become uprooted and cause damage to your home.

It is worth knowing that some trees do not need to be pruned ahead of hurricane season, such as the palm tree. Many palm trees are self-pruning, and even the ones that are not, do not respond well to being pruned.

Keep your trees healthy

If you only pay attention to your trees ahead of hurricane season, then you are much more likely to experience problems if a storm does hit. Ensuring that your trees are healthy and cared for all year round is the best way to protect them and your home from a hurricane.

Signs that your tree is healthy include:

  • One straight and robust tree trunk
  • New growth
  • Full branches
  • Strong bark that is free of fungi, dead branches, holes, or cracks
  • An abundance of healthy leaves

Consult a certified arborist

If you have any questions or concerns about the trees that surround your property, you may want to consult a certified arborist. Not only can they advise you on pruning and caring for your trees, but they can also help you choose the right trees based on the climate of the area that you live in.

Most wind-resistant trees:

  • Sand live oaks
  • Southern magnolia
  • Crape myrtle
  • Bald cypress
  • Sabal palm
  • Gingkos
  • Sweetgum trees

It is also advised to plant trees in groups together off five or more rather than to simply plant one tree as they can help protect each other from the strong winds.

If you want more information on how you can prepare your trees for hurricane season in Florida or for a free quote, please get in touch here today.