Hurricane is a threat to you, your property and beloved garden plants and trees. Fallen trees, floods, power outages, and many other damages to house and property are certain, but of all these, your garden beds suffer the most. Any kind of severe weather such as tornadoes, winter storms, or heavy rains ruins your garden, even if the damage done to your home is less.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to plan a fully storm proof garden, but with prior hurricane preparation and planning, you can provide your yard and garden the most favorable chance of survival.
This article will give you tips to prevent damage and how you can help those damaged plants to recover.
Hurricane Protection in Gardens
Selecting Plants to Plant
Coastal areas are more prone to hurricane so residents of these areas have to prepare well in advance. Before planting, select those plants that do not get easily damaged. Choose plants carefully as the fully grown tree has the capacity to damage your home in storms.
Plant Your Plants Deep In Soil
The Plant saplings that become large trees should be planted in areas with abundant soil to stabilize the roots. Minimum 18 inches above the water table should be your topsoil and the planting hole should be at least 10 feet from surface areas to allow proper root spread.
Plant Small Plants in Groups
To protect your small trees and shrubs, plant them in groups like five or more. Plants in groups are visually appealing, easy to maintain and are able to withstand stronger winds.
The safe and tough plants for hurricanes are:
- Bald Cyprus
- Winged Elm
- Indian Hawthorn
- Live Oaks
Other General Protection Tips for Your Plants Are
- Containers or pots that are light weight and small can be accommodated either closer to your home or indoors. For heavy containers clustering them together would be the best protection against hurricane.
- Hanging baskets should be removed and placed indoors or to other safe location to safeguard them from heavy winds and rains.
- Other garden accessories like birdhouses, garbage cans and umbrellas and garden tools should be sheltered in your home.
- Prepare your mature trees and shrubs to withstand strong winds by pruning them from a central trunk with evenly spaced branches. This will allow the wind to blow through without causing serious damage.
Plants to avoid in areas that experience hurricanes are
- Japanese Maple
- Red Cedar
- Maple Trees
- Pecan Trees
- River Birch
Saving Damaged Plants by Hurricane
The severely damaged trees should be removed and those with minor damage generally will recover. Follow the simple tips immediately after hurricane.
Trees that have major limbs dead, which have cracks, or are broken should be removed immediately as they are dangerous for you and people around. Trees that have exposed roots or roots that are lifted out of soil or slightly lifted root trees are also to be removed. Seek professional help to remove such large trees to avoid injury.
From these storm damaged tress, remove Dead, Broken, or Hanging Branches to help the plant to recover fast. This will also reduce the risk of injury for you. Careful pruning is the best way to save plants damaged by hurricanes.
Usually the smaller plants will recover quicker after suffering damage by hurricane. You will just have to prune them to undamaged stems.
Pruning is important to all those damaged parts of the plant as they can be an entry point for disease and insects. Though tree damage from hurricane seems devastating at first, many trees can be saved and preserved.
If you find it impossible to save the tree make sure to take it down especially if its leaning over your home, car or areas where people walk or play. Some trees lean over power lines that needs professional help. Be prepared to shell out between $800 to $3000 depending on the size and location of the tree.
Hurricanes are a natural calamity and cannot be controlled. So the best way is to protect and preserve your garden or yard plants before hurricane strikes. Most of you must be now aware of the ways to protect and save plants that are damaged by hurricanes. So next when you hear weather forecast of suspected hurricane, you should not worry and follow the above tips to protect, save and help your plants survive.
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