Getting Your Property Hurricane Ready This Summer
Florida is seeing an influx of new residents who are moving from out of state. Many of our new Florida residents and customers have never experienced a hurricane season here. While residents who live along the entire east coast may have experienced their share of hurricanes and tropical storms, the preparation in Florida is slightly different because we have the potential to experience a greater frequency of storms.
Hurricane season lasts from June through November, with the peak of the season lasting from August through October. One of the perks of living in the Sunshine State is the beautiful weather that we experience throughout the year. One of the downsides is the potential for frequent tropical storms and hurricanes. We wanted to share some helpful tips to help all of our customers prepare their property for hurricane season.
Choose the Right Landscaping
Be sure to plant larger trees away from your home where they would not cause damage to your home or power lines if they were to fall during a storm. We also recommend speaking with your local garden center about which trees fare better in windy conditions.
Even though hurricane season has technically begun, now is the perfect time to walk around your property and inspect all of your landscaping for loose or dead branches that can be trimmed. If you have trees with hanging fruit such as coconuts or palm seeds we suggest removing those before a storm begins.
Clean debris from all storm drains and gutters to help with water drainage and flow. We also suggest removing any tools, furniture, outdoor toys, and yard decorations before a potential storm. These items can all blow away easily or cause damage to your home or car.
Turn Off Irrigation System
When a storm has been predicted it is best to turn off your irrigation system shortly before the start of the storm. You want to avoid the waterline breaking and flooding your yard.
If your watering system hardware should become damaged during a storm or hurricane don’t hesitate to contact us. We are proud to service Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, and Citrus counties.