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How to Prepare and Protect Your Home When a Storm Occurs
Hurricanes have been known to cause fatalities, injuries and destruction to homes for as long as they’ve existed – tragedies that could be avoided with a little bit of knowledge and a few professional resources. That being said, knowing exactly how to hurricane-prep your lawn before a hurricane strike can save your life, hard-earned money and beloved house. Follow these tips, and you’ll be ready for anything that comes your way:
Trim potentially hazardous trees.
One of the most important precautions to take prior to a hurricane is an in-depth survey of your lawn for any trees or weak branches that could possibly collapse and fall on your home. Even if they haven’t fallen during past storms, it is always worthwhile to check them out, and run it past an expert. These trees typically have branches that hover over the roof of the home, or are parallel to any windows. Hire a professional to do your tree trimming for you, as the risks of getting injured due to falling branches are more than likely.
Keep the yard clean.
Lawn maintenance is a key player in prepping for a serious storm, so make sure that you enlist the help of a trustworthy lawn care service before any damage can be done. Getting rid of any extra debris on your lawn – specifically items that can be thrown around and inflict pain during the heavy winds of a hurricane, like sawed off branches or any other foliage – is also advised to lessen the chances of an injury to others or harm to the home. Creating an empty and clean lawn space creates a safer environment for yourself and your neighbors.
Be mindful of your plants.
Many plants, flowers and shrubs in your yard won’t require too much work prior to the storm hitting – but they’ll definitely need a lot of TLC afterward. There are a few things to keep in mind, though, before the storm hits; if you have potted palms or trees, set them on their side with the tops facing opposite the wind’s direction. If a plant cannot be taken inside – but has a fragile and/or expensive pot – wrap the pot with soft, protective material so that the chances of it breaking are diminished. Make sure to prune and replant post-hurricane, and bring any hanging plants into the interior of your home.
Schedule a pick-up afterward.
Let’s face it – once the hurricane has come and gone, the last thing you’ll have energy for is cleaning up. Schedule a pick-up service that will help you take away storm debris, especially since waste management does not consider it as normal solid waste services. Plus, if you recruit the help of a professional lawn service, they will be able to restore the aesthetics of your yard by providing a high quality landscaping design service.
Because hurricanes are tropical storms that typically originate in the Caribbean, Florida is a state that commonly gets hit by them – especially since the storms become stronger as they gather heat and energy from the ocean. In addition to taking note of these top hurricane-prep tips, Florida residents are encouraged to contact Florida Lawn Enforcement. As a residential and commercial lawn care service that provides its customers with unmatched service, we promise to help you in any way that we can, be it tree trimming before a hurricane hits, or assisting in the cleanup process afterward.