Hurricane season can be a scary time for us in South Florida. While we always hope we won’t be dealing with a major storm, it’s important to know how to prep our homes in case of a hurricane. When it comes to hurricane preparation, taking care of your trees is at the top of the list. Don’t know where to start? Follow our tips and your landscape will be safe!
● Thick tree canopies (read: hard to see through) should be thinned.
● Watch out for trees with multiple trunks. Prune around the main trunk, and make sure branches form an angle of 40 degrees or more with this trunk.
● Leave tree roots alone. Pruning or digging around a tree’s roots could increase the chances of it falling during a storm.
● Don’t touch palms, either. Removing palm fronds actually hurts and weakens the tree. You should, however, remove coconuts as well as large palm seeds that could become airborne from strong gusts of wind.
Hurricane preparation can be hectic and sometimes rushed. So, instead of waiting until hurricane season hits, take precautions from the second you choose your tree. Remember to:
● Always buy good quality trees
● Make sure trees are adapted to South Florida
● Start training trees when they are young
Even if the forecast is unsure, hurricane preparation is no joke. Take care of your foliage to keep your home and neighborhood safe during hurricane season and beyond!