How to make your landscape storm-resistant

by | Jun 28, 2022 | General Environmental

The 2022 hurricane season began on June 1 and will last until November 30. The 2022 forecast from Colorado State University predicts 20 named storms could form, with nine becoming hurricanes and five strengthening into major hurricanes—meaning Category 3 or higher. Both CSU and NOAA predict an “above normal” season due to several climate factors, including:

  • La Niña • Warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic and the Caribbean
  • Weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds
  • An enhanced West African monsoon

We never really know what’s ahead. It could be a Category 4 hurricane or a tropical storm, but we can be proactive and prepare. With a season that lasts nearly half a year, storm preparation should be something we keep up all year long. Here are a few things you can do to get your landscape ready:

1. Prepare trees. Inspect trees and shrubs for dead branches. Be sure to have dead branches removed since a storm can turn them into projectiles. Tree branches close to windows should be pruned or removed. Mature trees should be inspected by a certified arborist every few years to ensure they are heathy and not a liability. Remove hanging or dead palm fronds, seed pods or coconuts from palm trees. Take away any debris or wood from the property immediately.

2. Clear drainage. This may be your most important task to prevent stormwater from causing floods. Keep the stormwater systems clear by picking up grass clippings, leaves and other yard debris which could clog storm drains.

3. Pause irrigation. Shut off all irrigation systems during the week of a storm. With all the rain, the last thing your property needs is more water.

4. Be attentive (and stay calm). The best method of preparing your landscape for a hurricane is to keep it well-maintained and healthy year-round. Healthy trees and shrubs are better able to withstand potential damage and will recover more quickly than neglected ones.

Once a storm passes, inspect your property and let us know if you need our help.