How to Clean your Own Landscape After a Hurricane
Cleaning up your landscape after a hurricane is a major undertaking. If you just moved into Weston or Delray Beach, Florida, and it’s the first time this happened to you, it won’t be easy. However, somebody has to clean it up.
Then again, the Sunshine State of Florida is no stranger to hurricanes at all. Being near watery areas like the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Florida is constantly under threat by hurricanes forming in the region. Hurricane Wilma hit Delray Beach back in 2005, while Hurricane Irene got through Weston in 2011. For sure, hundreds of homeowners’ landscapes were not spared during those times.
On the other hand, an event like this can help you prepare for the next time it occurs. Like any damaged areas, your first step is to assess the extent so that you can later decide when and where to start. Taking pictures is important to help you prepare as well as to submit to any insurance claim later on if any.
If you have any trees in your landscape, focus on the young trees, small trees, or those least damaged or with a good framework as they have better chances of surviving than most. They’re arguably easier to save, particularly the small ones. If you have any large trees that were severely hit, use stakes or anchors buried at least 18 inches underground to prevent the trees from falling again should strong winds blow. Leave it staked for about one year, and nourish it with enough water for it to regain strength and firm roots.
Aside from trees, check for damaged perennials or shrubs on your property. It’s probably easier to just dig up your smaller plants or shrubs and replant them again as large, woody shrubs can be staked. Be sure to cleanly prune any broken limbs on shrubs and perennials to take out any excess weight and allow them to become upright again. Landscaping Delray Beach properties is an investment, so you must know how to maintain yours after a hurricane has struck.
One more thing to consider is the erosion of soil. Should the roots of the plants be exposed because of soil erosion, try to apply topsoil on the bare roots. Just apply sufficient soil to replace what was lost lest adding too much might suffocate your plants. Seek out Weston landscaping experts if you feel you need more information on this.
As always, you can search for a reliable Weston FL landscaping company to do the job for you. It may cost extra, but you can be sure it will clean your landscape for you. Read more about it at eHow.com and EzineArticles.com.
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