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How to Prep Your Miami Trees for Hurricane Season

July 12, 2016

Miami-Trees

Hurricane season is among us, and we’ve still got a few more months to go before November hits and we’re in the clear. You know the drill: ample bottled water, lots of flashlights and an endless supply of batteries. Along with making sure we have everything we need inside our homes, we also must ensure the exterior is ready for strong winds and rain. And while shuttering your windows might be the first thing that comes to mind, prepping Miami trees is also essential to minimizing damage and danger.

It’s important to start your storm prep early, as hurricane season can be very unpredictable. That’s why you should take care of your trees ahead of time. Every tree is different, from age and species to strength and health. Here are three general precautions, though, that cover the important bases.

 

Precaution 1: Pruning

We suggest you enlist the pros for this, as an expert can more aptly identify where a tree’s structure is weak. Pruning Miami trees before a big storm helps prevent property damage, as you are lessening the risk of downed limbs and fallen trees. Two obvious approaches are to remove diseased and dead branches as well as limbs that are very close to the house. Experts will also tell you that opening up a tree’s canopy can strengthen its structure and help it resist strong winds.

 

Precaution 2: Supporting

Your Miami trees might need some extra support from intense gusts and torrential downpours. As pros, we strategically place steel cables around weak or V-shaped limbs as well as split trunks to keep them from breaking further in bad weather. Adding cable support can even increase the longevity of your trees.

 

Precaution 3: Rooting

Fact: Miami trees with healthy roots stand a better chance against hurricanes than those with weak roots. Keeping tree roots strong and anchored goes way beyond just hurricane season. One way to retain root health is to fertilize your trees with essential nutrients regularly. Trees need water as much as they need food, so make sure you are watering them. You can also add mulch to help roots retain water and nutrients, as well as reduce pesky weeds.

 

Note: native trees have a higher chance of surviving these types of storms than exotic species do. Trees planted in clusters, as opposed to those standing alone, also fare better. We’re happy to help you determine what kind of prep your Miami trees need to ensure a safe damage-free hurricane season.

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