El Niño is a lifesaver—according to the NOAA Climate Prediction Center, it will cause us to have a below-normal hurricane season. That doesn’t mean, however, that a hurricane will not strike. Preparing your landscape for hurricane season—and the impending snow and ice that comes with winter—is critical. That starts with the trees in your yard.
According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, you should perform a thorough examination of trees in your yard. Look for dead, damaged or diseased limbs on trees. Are any limbs close to your home or power lines? They may need to be removed. Also, if any branches are interfering with each other, that could pose a problem during a high-wind storm.
Pay attention to the base of your trees, too. Are any of the trees cracked, decayed or hollowed out? They may need to be removed to avoid uprooting during a storm. Contact a tree expert for a consultation. The arborist may give you cost-effective alternatives in the event that the entire tree does not need to be removed. It may simply need some pruning.
Tree Pruning Tips
Pruning trees can equip your landscape to handle hurricanes. Plus, you may not need to remove a tree if it is still healthy and can benefit from pruning. If you choose to prune on your own, follow these tips:
- Do not prune branches flush to the trunk. That removes some of the trunk wood, which exposes the tree to bug damage or decay.
- Prune by making a cut partially through the bottom of a limb, a few inches from the trunk. Then cut through it above the first cut to ensure that the limb will not tear off bark when it falls.
- Go back to the piece of the original limb that sticks out from the trunk and cut off any extra—but not flush to the trunk. Leave the branch collar, or swollen part of the trunk that forms around the base of the branch, because it protects the main trunk from damage.
Your Best Defense Against Hurricane Season—Professional Tree Protection
How can you be sure that your home is hurricane-ready? Contact the NJ landscaping pros at High Tech Landscapes. We offer arbor services from knowledgeable tree experts that understand conditions in the Garden State.
Tree services do not necessarily cost a fortune. Plus, it’s better to be safe than sorry since they can inflict damage that could cost you everything.
Don’t mess with hurricane season—prepare your landscape today! For more information, click here or call (732) 356-4975.