How to Storm-Proof Your Yard in 2020

How to Storm-Proof Your Yard in 2020

If you’ve never experienced storm season in Southwest Florida, you should know that gale and hurricane force winds can pack quite a punch. Suffice to say, if you’ve been notified that a storm is coming, you’ll want to prepare your yard. Although some of the below tips are for things you can do in advance of a weather event, others can be done at any time of the year.

Say Yes to Mulch

If you have gravel on top of your flowerbeds, you may want to have it removed. When the wind picks it up (and the wind will pick it up), each, individual piece of gravel can be transformed into a high-speed flying projectile. In addition to chipping the paint on parked cars, flying gravel can chip and damage windows. Mulch is a better choice. Although mulch is a pain to clean up, it doesn’t cause damage.

Clean your gutters

Gutters are a critical part of your home’s roofing system because they direct rainwater away from your house. And when gutters become clogged– they can’t do their job. What this means, is that instead of collecting and directing rainwater away from your home, water may begin to spill down the sides of your home. In some cases, this water can make its way into your exterior walls, which can lead to mold and mildew.

Cleaning your gutters will accomplish two things. First, it will help your gutter system from becoming overwhelmed. Second, it can help prevent your gutters from tearing off.

Trim Your Trees

Tree trimming isn’t just about preserving curb appeal. It helps remove dead or dying branches. If there is a tree limb that hangs a bit too close to your home for comfort, you should consider having it trimmed back. Heavy branches can be torn off during large-scale storm events, and, as we all know, they can cause lots of damage.

Get Started Now

Prepping your yard for storm season isn’t something that should be put off. It is always best to tackle this job sooner than later. If you wait until the last minute, you run the risk of forgetting something. Getting started now will not only reduce your pre-storm stress, it will help keep your home (and your neighborhood) safer.

For more information on how to prep your home for hurricane season, or if you’d like to learn more about how a Home Watch service can help watch your home in your absence, call Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge today to get started.