Last year’s Halloween storm caused heavy damage to trees because of the impact of wind and snow on trees still full of leaves. This year, we can expect more of the same. Our tree crews will be available to help with clean-up, but there are a few things you can do to prepare in advance to minimize property damage from wind and water:
- Secure outdoor objects that might become projectiles, including: garden furniture, bicycles, strollers, toys, garbage cans, empty rain barrels, light-weight planters, garden decorations, and tomato cages.
- Latch shed doors and fence gates that might blow open easily.
- Remove any valuables that are in the “target zone” of large branches. Here’s a checklist for assessing potential tree hazards.
- Consider installing guy wires to support large, newly-planted trees, as they do not have enough root mass to support their leaf canopy.
- Clean up yard debris that might become an attractive refuge for rodents fleeing the water during and after the storm. Inspect for and secure any openings where rodents might enter the house.
- Fill in any depressions that might direct water toward the foundation of your house to prevent basement flooding.
- Check and clear gutters, catchbasins, and surface drains to allow storm water to reach drywells and drainage structures easily.
- If you live in an urban area, take a walk around your neighborhood and clear leaves and debris from storm drain grates. This simple step can reduce street flooding for everyone.
- Block water from entering basement and bulkhead doors using sandbags, if the areas are poorly graded.
For clean-up or help with tree maintenance and drainage design to make your landscape more resilient against future storms, click the “Get an Estimate” link.