Storm Preparation for your Trees - How to Minimize Damage During Hurricane Season

 Us residents of Florence SC know all too well that hurricane season can bring some devastating storms that can damage our property and landscaping.  Usually, when we are preparing for hurricane season, our focus is on preparing our families and homes for the worst.  Often, we overlook the fact that we need to take steps to protect our trees also.  Here are some steps we can take to protect our trees during the hurricane season.

Regular tree maintenance

The best way to make sure a tree can stand up to a storm is to make sure they are healthy in the first place.  Performing regular maintenance on the trees is the best way to do this.  Trees that receive routine pruning, fertilization, and pest management will be strung and resilient and will be less likely to become damaged during a storm.  Proper pruning can also reduce the risk of branches breaking off an damaging your home or vehicles.   It is always a good idea to hire a professional arborist to do the pruing for you, especially for large branches.

Identify and address potential hazards

It is extremely important to find and address any potential problems with your trees before the storm hits.  Common potential problems include trees that are leaning, have structural problems such as splits or cracks in the branches or trunks, or trees that are diseased or weak.  Large branches that have narrow crotch angles also fall into this category.  Problem trees are very likely to fall or lose large limbs during a storm causing significant damage to your property.  A certified arborist will be able to inspect your trees and help identify problems, as well as take appropriate action.  This could include cabling or bracing.

Secure Loose Objects

t is also a good idea to secure any object in your yard that could become a projectile.   Outdoor furniture, children’s toys, or even grills could be projectiles during high winds.  Also take care to remove and dead branches or yard waste that could be blown around.

Install Lighting Protection

Florence SC has our fair share of lightning storms.  Trees which are usually the tallest objects around are susceptible to lightning strikes.  Installing lighting protection can greatly reduce the possibility of lightning striking and doing damage to your trees or home. 

Have a storm plan in place

It is important to have a storm plan in place before hurricane season happens.  This should include a plan of where you and your family should go in the event of an evacuation.  Make sure you familiarize yourself with the location of shelters in the area and know how to get to them.  Know how to secure your home and property before evacuating.  You should also know what steps to take in the event of damage to your property.  It is a good idea to have the phone number handy for a trusted tree service in case you need emergency tree work done.  Also have the phone number for your insurance agent handy.

By following the steps above, you will be better prepared than most for severe storms.  If you need a certified arborist to assess your trees and landscape, don’t hesitate to give Affordable Tree Service a call.  We are always happy to help.

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