My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
When you live in a tropical location, like Florida, you have to prepare ahead of time for a hurricane. That means more than just putting up storm shutters and bringing your car into the garage. Your yard is a convenient source of projectiles that can be picked up by hurricane-force winds and hurled into your house or your neighbor's house, causing damage. Taking the time to prepare your yard ahead of time can minimize property and personal damage, as well as protect your plants and landscaping.
Check out some important tips for preparing your yard for a hurricane.
Have Your Trees Trimmed
It's a good idea to have your trees pruned early in the storm season, or even before it begins. It's true that it would take a very strong storm to uproot a fully grown tree with deep roots, but dead or weak branches can easily become projectiles in even a mild hurricane.
Look for hazards like very dens canopies, dead tree limbs, and broken branches. Co-dominant trunks – trunks that look as if they're made up of two or three smaller, conjoined trunks – also pose a hazard during a harsh storm.
If you see any of these hazards, you should call a tree service to evaluate the safety of your trees and perform any necessary pruning. Don't attempt to trim your trees yourself, as it can be dangerous for someone who's inexperienced.
Protect Your Plants
If you have potted plants outdoors, bring them in before the storm. If any of them are too big to bring in, try to put them in corners, or behind heavy structures where they'll be protected. Tall plants and trellises should be laid down and anchored with ropes and stakes.
Cover young, delicate plants, as well as any vegetables or crops that you're not prepared to lose, with tarps anchored by stakes wherever possible. If you have fruit trees, pick any fruit that seems ripe or close to it before the storm hits. Chances are good that this fruit will be ripped from the trees by the wind.
Shut Off Your Water
If you have an in-ground irrigation or sprinkler system, you'll need to turn the water off before the storm hits. Preferably, you should turn the water off at its source. A downed tree or other heavy object could land on a pipe and cause it to burst. If the water isn't turned off, this will result in additional flooding in your yard, beyond that of the storm.
Be sure to also bring any furniture and grilling equipment inside. By taking the time to prepare your yard for a hurricane, you can prevent losses for yourself and for the houses around you. To learn more, contact a company like Smitty's Tree Service Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.