The end of the summer is often a prime time for major storms, especially in the Atlantic region. Combine the cool weather from the north with the low-pressure and warm weather from the tropical regions, and you have a perfect recipe for a cyclone or major hurricane. Hurricanes and major storms can also occur in the Gulf of Mexico and other Southern states. Plus, the winter is almost upon us – almost no one is spared from some of the more severe winter weather patterns. This is why you want to take various measures to prepare your yard for storm season. Not only do you want to protect the flora, but you also want to make sure lawn ornaments and furniture are firmly secured. Here are five ways to prepare your yard for a storm.
- Make sure that outdoor furniture is secure or stored away for the season. Your outdoor furniture – whether you have pool loungers or deck chairs – can become deadly projectiles in a severe winter storm. For this reason, you want to make sure all your outdoor furniture is tied down or brought inside for the season.
- Make sure that you have a proper drainage system set up. It is also imperative that you have a proper drainage system set up. A severe winter storm – and even a hurricane – can bring with it torrential rain, which can flood and drown your yard. Plants, grass, and other flora can all drown. For this reason, you want to make sure there is a drainage system that can take water away from your yard.
- Make sure that you don’t have any loose gravel, rocks or dry mulch. Loose gravel, rock and dry mulch – especially mulch that has been sitting around for a long time – can also turn into projectiles. Not only can they be picked up by heavy wind and damage your home – particularly your windows, roof and siding – but they can also be incredibly injurious to anyone that happens to be in the way. If you live in a region that is susceptible to hurricanes, you want to make sure that you eliminate rocks and gravel that are light enough to be projected by the wind.
- Make sure that dead or dying trees are felled. Dead and dying trees can be especially dangerous in a storm. In fact, many people find themselves trying to remove a tree that has fallen on their house or on their car. Sick trees can also fall on people. This is why you want to diagnose any sick or dying trees in your yard and then call a professional arborist to remove them.
- Make sure that your vulnerable plants are covered. If you have any delicate plants, like flowers, herbs or vines, you want to bring out the plastic tarp every time you see the storm clouds gathering. You can lay down the tarp and then use large spikes to keep it in the ground. This should keep your most precious plants safe from high velocity winds.