With hurricane season in full swing, it can be stressful to figure out how to protect your lawn and property from strong winds and rain. While much of the situation is out of your hands, there are some things you can do to minimize damage if and when a hurricane strikes.
First, you’ll want to remove anything from your lawn that can easily be picked up by strong winds. This includes dead or weak branches on trees or removing dead trees. It’s a good idea to quickly dispose of pruned debris so you aren’t left with a pile of branches that can be turned into projectiles by strong winds. It’s important to note, however, that you shouldn’t remove healthy branches or palm fronds from palm trees. Remove only the brown ones.
Other items, such as lawn furniture, decor, bird feeders, hanging flower baskets and the like should also be removed and stored away. Even if you’re not sure how strong the hurricane will be, it’s better to stay on the safe side and store them inside.
Make sure to inspect gutters and downspouts to ensure they are not clogged and that they are properly secured. Leaves and debris stuck in gutters can cause water to back up. Make sure the water can flow easily. At the same time, check your roof for any loose shingles or tiles that can be blown off by the wind and rain. Remember to turn off your sprinkler system prior to a pending hurricane as well. Overwatering your yard prior to or after strong rains can damage your lawn.
As always, the best way to stay safe is to stay informed. If you have any questions, please let us know by contacting our Spring Hill office.