With hurricane season, it is always prudent to have a plan of action when a major storm hits. Preparing your property for the worst can make a huge difference when it comes to preventing damage, especially for your commercial lawn.
Hurricanes bring the dangers of flooding and strong winds, meaning potential and serious damage to your commercial lawn. Taking some simple precautions will not only help the cleanup effort after the storm, it can help your business avoid property damage.
When the wind gets strong enough, anything that is not rooted to the ground can instantly become dangerous debris. Before a storm hits, be sure to clear your landscape of anything that can easily be blown away by strong winds. This includes signs and decorations. Even potted plants can be tossed in strong winds.
Clearing your lawn of any possible debris can prevent damage from flying objects for both yourself and neighbors. Just be careful about what you leave outside.
Trees, despite being rooted to the ground, can become a liability in a storm if they are not taken care of. What you want to keep in mind is whether your tree has a codominant trunk, meaning it has split into two or more main trunks instead of one dominant one.
A tree with a codominant trunk is susceptible to winds as they are not as stable under pressure and can split off, thereby damaging property. Cutting down excess stems can alleviate the problem, but be careful when doing it.
Trimming your trees’ canopy can also help it survive during a storm. If the canopy is too thick, it will catch more wind, which can possibly knock it over. Slightly trimming it will allow air to better flow through the tree and reduce the chances of damage.
The biggest cause of trees falling over is a weak root system. If a tree is sick, the roots will be considerably weaker, making it more susceptible to falling over. It can be difficult to check a tree’s roots, so have a professional take care of it to make sure it is stable. If it isn’t, then it may be best to remove it.
We Can Help You Prepare
Planning for your commercial landscape not only protects your business’ image, it protects your property as well. Having professionals prepare your lawn will save you headaches later, and TLC Total Lawn Care LLC is ready to serve. If you want to know more about how we can help preserve your landscape, contact us online or give us a call at 800.796.8087.