By: McCullough Tree Service| On: August 11, 2021
Although it is advisable to prepare your trees for hurricane season before it starts, it is never too late to undertake this task and help safeguard your home from severe weather.
Keep reading to find out how you can prepare your trees for hurricane season, plus, which trees are most likely to remain intact.
Ready Your Trees for Hurricane Season
1. 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 more of your trees, it is always best to seek professional help to be on the safe side and seek professional help.
2. 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 they are pruned regularly. 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, but even the ones that are not do not respond well to being pruned.
3. Keep your trees healthy
Prevention is key. Don’t just pay attention to your trees ahead of hurricane season, but year round. 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
4. 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 oak
- Southern magnolia
- Crape myrtle
- Bald cypress
- Sabal palm
It is also advised to plant trees together in groups of five or more rather than to simply plant one tree by itself 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.