Over the past five months, at least three major flooding events have occurred in Central, East and South Texas. In April, the Houston “Tax Day” Flood brought heavy rainfall measuring 10-20 inches. The following month, a storm in Corpus Christi produced more than one foot of rainfall, causing waters to cover the roofs of vehicles in some parts of the city. From late May to June, thunderstorm clusters extending from Austin to Houston were documented as having caused some of the wettest days in those areas since the 1980s.
Storms can be unpredictable and can make preparing your commercial lawn for severe storms difficult. However, the professionals at TLC Total Lawn Care, LLC can help. Here are two tips to help you prepare in advance for a rainy season.
Choose the Right Trees
Trees may be the most visible and multifunctional landscaping adornments on your lawn. They help feed grass by slowing water evaporation, reduce soil erosion by keeping it in place and even attract visitors.
Selecting the proper trees for your property and area can be a little tricky. When choosing trees for your lawn, you should not only keep your landscaping aesthetic vision in mind, but also consider a tree’s capabilities of withstanding a storm’s high winds and heavy rainfall. Here are two trees native to the State of Texas that you may be interested in:
- Bald Cypress – The Cypress grows beautiful leaves in the fall that are tan, cinnamon and bright orange in color. It has special roots that keep it well-anchored and it thrives in wet conditions along riverbanks and swamps. It is commonly used as an ornamental tree. Because it is a tree that grows well in wetlands, it can soak up floodwaters and prevent erosion, a perfect combination for a hurricane-ready lawn.
- Southern Live Oak – The Southern Live Oak has rich, green leaves throughout the year. It grows well in shaded areas and soils with high amounts of salt. It grows best in warm temperatures but not so well in freezing temperatures. Its wood is very durable, making it a great option for your lawn around hurricane season.
Where you plant your trees is also significant when designing a weather-resistant landscape. For example, trees should not be planted too close to buildings or under/near power lines as their branches can break off during storms and cause damage. We can take care of this for you. In order to care for your young trees, stakes or wires can be used to mold their structure until they become mature enough to build wind-resistance on their own.
Prevent Soil Erosion
When it rains, soil not properly kept in place can be washed away, causing trees to be blown over by heavy winds more easily. Trees or plants growing on thin, rocky soil or very wet soil are more susceptible to falling over. Plant roots hold soil together, thus making it harder for it to be washed away with rain. To prevent soil erosion during hurricane season, during dry months you can add plants and grass to your lawn’s soil and add rocks on hills to catch water and prevent runoff. Planting or replanting on hills should be avoided during rain season.
Commercial Landscaping for You
The lawn care experts at TLC Total Lawn Care, LLC can help you prepare your lawn for any major weather conditions. If you need services for a new commercial landscape or would like to redesign your current lawn, we can help you. We can take care of landscape designs and installation, irrigation installation and erosion control, just to name a few services. Call us today to get your free quote.