How Do You Prepare A Property For Hurricane Season?

How Do You Prepare A Property For Hurricane Season?

Hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, but during that time most Houstonians only hear about personal preparations for hurricane season, such as stocking up on water, non-perishable foods, flashlights, first aid kits, and other equipment needed in case of power outages. Hurricane experts might also suggest boarding up windows and doors to prevent further property damage, but few actually mention preparing the exterior property for hurricane season, besides bringing in pets and small plants. In today’s blog post, we discuss practical ways residential and property owners can prepare their outside property for hurricane season to minimize damages and protect assets.

Strategic Tree Pruning

Trees on a residential property can cause as much, if not more damage, than the winds and rains that come with a hurricane or other major storm. However, when trees are proactively pruned back before a storm hits, it can significantly reduce the potential for home or structure damage from broken limbs or fallen trees. In addition, unhealthy or damaged trees might require complete tree removal to prevent toppling over onto nearby people or property.

Cabling and Bracing Services

When properties have valuable or historic trees on site that have started to lean or become unstable, Cabling and Bracing services can secure and protect these trees from strong winds. Professional Cabling and Bracing services can make trees much more secure and reduce the possibility of breaking apart during strong hurricane-force winds. They can also decrease the need for complete tree removal due to hurricane damage.

Securing Landscape Features

Hurricane preparation will often include reminders to bring in pets, plants, and light outdoor furniture, but the list for outdoor hurricane preparation should not stop there. Residential property owners need to make sure to secure landscape lighting, outdoor furniture or seating, exterior water features, and large container plants. If not brought indoors or secured outside, the high winds from hurricanes or tropical storms can turn these exterior features into weapons of destruction, causing widespread damage to residential properties.

Although we cannot prevent hurricanes from hitting or impacting Houston area homes, there are many important proactive steps property owners can take to protect their valuable assets and reduce potential damages. The team at Embark Services offers a wide range of professional landscape and tree care services to help protect against hurricane or storm damage so your residential property can recover that much faster. Contact Embark Services today about our Tree Pruning, Tree Removal, and Cabling and Bracing services, or go online to request a free consultation!