With news of hurricanes hitting coastlines and regions throughout the country, there are some steps that homeowners should take to ensure their property is safe and secure during these weather conditions. Be sure to take precautions to protect your yard and gardens against the fierce winds and flood-rains that come during hurricane season.

Take care of your gardens and green-space before the hurricane hits:

Mow your lawn. When winds and rain are in the forecast, take the time to mow your lawn. With hurricane warnings, you never know when you will get to mow again. Plus, a short, trimmed lawn will allow run-off more efficiently which can help to prevent rotting roots after a flood. It is far easier to rake and clean-up a well-trimmed lawn after the storm, too.

Remove objects and items. Get rid of anything that has the potential to get blown around or moved by winds and weather. This includes container gardens, yard art, planters, fountains, stone gardens, and any item that has the potential of causing damage during the storm. Stow things like lawn equipment and mowers inside a shed or garage, along with small landscaping tools and supplies.

Stake young trees. Be sure to secure young trees with stakes, and in preparation for the weather, sink the stakes a bit lower than you usually would. This will prevent them from snapping and breaking during a hurricane.

Trim and prune. It is not uncommon for dead or dying branches to break free and cause property damage during a storm. Contact a landscaper or tree-trimming service and have your trees pruned prior to hurricane season.

Harvest and pick. Go ahead and pick your vegetables, fruits, and flowers before the hurricane. These will likely become damaged or blow away during the storm, and you should never eat produce that has been tainted with floodwater after a hurricane.

Take care of your pond. Relocate or move any fish or amphibians that reside in your garden pond. Also carefully set any floating aquatic plants in the bottom of the pond where they will be safe from wind and rain until the storm passes. Move rocks, stones, or borders that could get moved by winds and cause damage.

Move chemicals up high. Keep things like garden chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides high up in your garage or garden shed. When flooding occurs, these solutions have the potential to spill and contaminate the water around your home and property, creating a hazardous situation.

Plan on removing mulch after. Remove the mulch on top of plants, gardens, and shrubbery as soon as possible to encourage drying-out after flooding and heavy rains. The sooner you do this, the less chance there is of your plants developing root-rot.

Use these tips to prevent hurricanes from wreaking havoc in your yard, garden, or green-space. Taking precautions now can help to curb property damage and costs later, especially when it comes to your home's landscaping. To learn more, contact a landscaping professional in your area.

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