With Hurricane Michael bearing down on the Florida panhandle, our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors to the north. We are fortunate to not be in the path of this monstrous storm; but what if we were?
This hurricane is a reminder that tropical weather is always a threat and we should prepare our families, homes, and landscapes for anything that may fire up.
When it comes to your yard, most potential problems arise in the planning stages. Homeowners pick the wrong trees and put them in the wrong locations. When selecting trees, think about that tree’s mature height before you put it in the ground. Avoid planting trees that will get really tall near your house or power lines. In our neighborhoods, it’s best to plant wind-resistant varieties like sabal palms and trees that have a high survival rate in big storms like live oaks.
Keep those trees pruned. Cut away any dead or dying branches; they will be the first ones to break off in the storm and reshape your trees to make them more wind resistant. Pruning the tops of trees will reduce potential trunk movement in the face of a storm like Hurricane Michael.
Give us a call at (844) GREEN-90, if you have concerns about how your property would do in a hurricane like this one or want some advice on planning a storm resistant landscape.