Are You Ready for the Wind?

Winds and landscape

wind damage and landscapingWhen it comes to weather elements that can harm our lovely gardens and front lawns, we usually worry about the scorching sun, the torrential downpour that can drown our grass and plants, the heavy snowfall and hailstorms. However, aside from these fearsome forces of nature, there is another force worth reckoning with – the wind.

Some of the strongest winds occur during the months of November and March, and those in between. However, this does not mean that they can’t happen during the other months of the year, since July is also known to be one of the windiest months. This basically means that if you don’t want the winds ruining your landscape, then it is best that you take precautionary measures to help abate the damage they can cause.

First, if you hear from the weather man about a gusty wind brewing, then start by taking a look at your trees. It’s not that you need to worry about strong and sturdy trees toppling over, since this thing, weather-wise that is, only happens during strong hurricanes and tornadoes. However, less stronger winds shouldn’t be able to bring them down. However, this does not mean that you can ignore your trees.

Go over the tree and check the tree limbs, looking for any rotting or weak limbs which can be blown by the wind. Flying tree limbs are serious dangers that cannot not only damage your garden or lawn but your house and you and your family as well. Also, if the foliage appears to be quite thick, then it is time that you have them trimmed because a thick foliage can catch wind and cause a weak tree to fall over. If you see robust vines like ivy, then get rid of them as well for the same reason.

If you’re done with your trees, it’s time to check on the potted and hanging pants. Where possible, transfer them to a wind-proof area, like behind a wall or even indoors. These should help to protect them from bending and breaking, and even from falling debris.

Lastly, make sure that all your garden accessories like umbrellas, shade sails and others are taken down and kept in a safe place to keep them from being blown away by the wind.

By doing all these, you can keep your property safe from any damage that a howling wind may cause, and at least minimize the mess that you need to clean up once the wind has passed.

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