Get Hurricane Ready
Hurricane season is heating up. Dorian is making its way toward Florida, and while we hope it misses us, it's not too late to protect your home and landscape from anything that blows across the Tampa Bay area.
Start with your trees. Prune any dead or dying branches and fronds. They will be the first to break away and possibly head toward your windows during a strong storm.
If you've recently planted a tree, make sure the support stakes are as deep in the ground as possible, and if you've just removed stakes from a young tree, put them back in. It's better to play it safe.
Take-a-look around your yard. Anything that's not anchored down could become a flying objects in the hurricane. Be sure to bring in the following:
· Container plants
· Outdoor furniture
· Bird feeders
· Kids playgrounds
Here's a tip from a true hurricane veteran, consider putting your outdoor furniture in the pool. For some, it's easier to fish it out after the storm than moving it into a garage.
Mow the lawn. Water drains slower in long grass, and it's easier to rake broken limbs and leaves on short grass.
Turn your irrigation system off. There's no need to water in tropical weather.
Lastly, clean out the gutters. Stuffed-up drains causes water to overflow and damage landscape, or even the house itself.
Hope you read this in time to do everything we mentioned. Even if you're not in the path of this latest storm, consider doing these things anyway, who knows what else will come our way this hurricane season.
Check out our past blogs for ideas on how to prepare your yard months in advance for storm season.
Esterline Landscape has been helping homeowners prepare their properties for hurricanes and cleaning-up debris after them for over 15 storm seasons. Let us know how we can help you.