aaaThere are two constants every summer in South Florida: high temperatures and hurricane season. As Floridians know, hurricanes can cause some serious damage to our landscapes if preventative measures aren’t taken. It is the responsibility of the Board and Property Manager to prepare a community’s landscaping to mitigate any possible damages.

The following are some tips to ensure your association’s landscaping is best prepared for hurricane season:

 

 

At the onset of hurricane season:

  • If not done so already, create a disaster plan – Having a plan of action for storms means your association will be better prepared.
  • Trim your trees back now! Don’t wait for a storm to be on its way – Make sure to contact a certified arborist to assist you.
  • Swap mulch for any rocks – Doing this will not only give nutrients to your soil but mulch is less dangerous in high winds than rocks.
  • Stake young trees – It’s important to stake new trees and plants for them to stay put during storms. Make sure there is not too much tension, or they may snap.
  • Review vendor contracts – Since assistance may be needed after a storm hits, you may want to review the terms of your vendor contracts. Make sure you have your landscape company’s contact information handy.

Before a storm:

  • Bring in anything that might be a wind hazard – Things like potted plants, trash bins, and decorations could be dangerous during a storm; make sure to move them inside if a hurricane is on its way.
  • Check drainage areas and gutters – If these areas are clogged, storm waters won’t be able to flow and may cause additional flooding.
  • Turn off your irrigation system – Hurricanes bring plenty of rain water with them, turning off your irrigation system will avoid over watering the landscape.

After a storm:

  • When safe, assess the situation – The Property Manager or maintenance employees should determine if there is any damage that needs to be immediately addressed.
  • Document and photograph any damage – This may come to aid if any insurance claims are to be made by your association for damages.
  • Clean up – Once it is safe, begin clearing leaves, shrubs and other fallen debris from the storm. Also, clear any buildup of mud or debris to avoid risk of secondary infection.

By using these tips, your association’s landscaping will be better protected for the upcoming hurricane season.

by Shane Humble, President, Complete Property Maintenance, Inc. 

  1. DanaSue Goldberg says:

    TRC Engineering can provide drone photos with sensors to provide pre hurricane photo records for Campbell managed properties. Signed off by our engineers these photos are accurate records in the case of a claim. Please call 954-328-0881 to schedule.

  2. Suzanne Torres says:

    All excellent tips and recommendations to keep our property safe as well as ourselves. There is only one very important issue absent from the plan: how to safely trim trees and also keep our wildlife safe.
    This is the time of year when birds and mammals are nesting and having young. Trees and shrubs are habitat to many species of birds as well as squirrels, opossums, etc. Make sure your landscaping team is aware of any nests before they begin trimming or taking down branches. If they see a nest, leave that area alone.

    Every spring, baby animals are orphaned or injured because their nests were damaged or removed, Most people are appalled to find they have caused these accidents, especially when the injury to wildlife is so easy to prevent: just procrastinate, that is, wait until resident wildlife has raised their broods, or even better, until nesting season is over. If you’re facing an active nest, it won’t be long–usually just a matter of weeks. Before you cut that tree, take a look to see if there are wild families already living there. If so, give them a chance to grow up and move out. Some species of birds (especially raptors) nest in hidden tree cavities, so don’t forget to check both limbs and trunks thoroughly before trimming or removing

    Make sure your landscaper is aware of all these factors!

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