How to Prepare Your Backyard for Hurricane Season

If you live in our areas of North and South Carolina long enough, you will eventually experience the wrath of Mother Nature. We are blessed to have an abundance of great warm weather and live along some of the most pristine coastlines. But with every good thing comes the bad. Living along the Atlantic Coast also means dealing with tropical storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, many of which can wreak havoc on our backyard and finely crafted landscapes. 

As if anything taking place so far this year has been expected, according to researchers at North Carolina State University, 2020 will be a doozy for hurricanes. The 2020 hurricane season is going to be an active one. Storms of any kind create the perfect environment for fallen trees, broken limbs and branches, flooding, scattered debris, and standing water. Fallen trees and limbs are unsafe, scattered debris is unsightly, and standing water creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other disease-ridden pests. dunes on a coastline

Therefore, before Mother Nature inflicts damage upon your backyard oasis, take the steps needed now to ensure you are prepared. A few steps to help you get prepared include:

 

Plan Ahead

When meteorologists first predict a hurricane or tropical storm is moving in, check around your house for fallen or loose tree branches and limbs. Either remove them or call the professionals at Impeccable Lawns for help. 

 

Move All Free Standing and Light Items Indoors

A few items to remove and put inside before a hurricane include: 

  • Hanging baskets
  • Potted plants
  • Holiday decorations
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Garbage bins
  • Birdfeeders
  • Gardening tools
  • Storage containers
  • Windchimes
  • Garden decorationsbackyard patio with plants and lights

 

Outside Sprinklers and Lighting

Turn off sprinkler systems and cut the power for outdoor lighting. You won’t need them during a storm, and having them on only increases risks. 

 

Lawn Decorations

Hurricane induced winds can easily pick up lawn decorations such as benches, statues, and bowls. The best way to protect them is to lay them on their side. 

 

Secure Garden Beds

If you have planters or row covers that can be moved, it’s best to bring them inside. If they are not removable, secure them with sandbags or cinder blocks. Secure any garden trellises with rope or remove them to prevent them from being damaged.  

 

Wrap Anything Left Outside

Wrap any items left outside, such as pots, statues, and other lawn decorations in bubble wrap. It’s not a guaranteed solution, but with Mother Nature, nothing is. 

In the unfortunate event of a storm or hurricane, Impeccable Lawns is here to help. We specialize in lawn debris clean-up. We can quickly clear your lawn from debris, cut down and trim trees, remove limbs, assess damage to your landscape, and start the path to getting your outdoor property back to normal. We provide free estimates and take pride in knowing we are quick and efficient. Start preparing now and be ready for what could be an overactive storm season ahead. You can reach our dedicated and compassionate staff at 910-575-5296 or contact us online. Want to get to know us up close and personal? Follow us on Facebook

 

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