As an arborist in Florida, I know firsthand the damage that summer storms can cause to trees and landscapes. With hurricane season just around the corner, it’s important to be prepared and take necessary precautions to protect your property.
Here are some tips to help you prepare your trees for the upcoming summer storms:
- Prune your trees: Pruning your trees before the storm season is essential. Dead, diseased, or weak branches can easily break during a storm and cause damage to your property. Trimming your trees will remove any dangerous limbs and help to strengthen the tree’s structure.
- Check for signs of disease: Check your trees for any signs of disease or pests before the storm season. Trees that are already weakened by disease or infestations are more likely to suffer damage during a storm. If you notice any signs of disease or pests, contact an arborist to assess the tree and provide appropriate treatment.
- Secure loose objects: Secure any loose objects in your yard, such as patio furniture, grills, or toys. These items can easily become projectiles during high winds and cause damage to your property or nearby trees.
- Install tree support systems: If you have trees with weak or compromised root systems, consider installing support systems such as cables or braces. These systems can help to strengthen the tree and prevent it from falling during a storm.
- Hire a professional arborist: If you’re not sure about the health or stability of your trees, or if you need help with pruning or installing support systems, hire a professional arborist. An arborist can assess your trees and provide recommendations for protecting them during the storm season.
In addition to these tips, it’s also important to have a plan in place in case of a storm. Make sure you have emergency supplies, such as flashlights, batteries, and a first aid kit, and know the evacuation routes in your area.
By taking these steps to prepare your trees for summer storms, you can help to protect your property and ensure the health and longevity of your trees. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to tree care, so don’t wait until it’s too late to take action.