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In the Yard: Protecting your lawn and garden before the storm

May 23, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

High winds can bring costly damage to your property and pose a risk to your well-being. Here's a list of nine hurricane safety tips, compiled from the landscaping perspective. Taking note of hurricane safety tips and acting in time can save you the costs of wind damage to your yard or home.

The following safety tips can also save you the aggravation of having to replace items you take for granted in your yard. While some of these recommendations aren't technically hurricane safety tips, all are still well worth considering.

1. Make sure shed doors are closed tightly: otherwise, they could end up blowing off their hinges and becoming dangerous projectiles.

2. Bring in flags and awnings.

3. Hurricane safety tips for your vehicle: don't park cars under trees (especially if you may be in the car when the storm strikes).

4. Firmly stake tall garden plants that could snap in high winds.

5. Store lawn ornaments away, such as lawn gnomes. Not only is it a matter of saving the ornaments, but they can become dangerous projectiles in a storm.

6. Remove house ornaments that are not secure, such as fall wreath displays.

7. Check pool covers to ensure that they are tight and secure.

8. Harvest any fragile items in the garden that are mature enough to be picked, including flowers to be used for cut flower arrangements. There's no point in letting the storm wreck them.

9. Remember that storms sometimes bring flooding in their wake, and that means potential erosion problems. If you live on a steep slope or close to a body of water, among the hurricane safety tips you must contemplate is evacuation (remain aware of what local authorities are recommending). In areas of your yard where water is known to pass through, remove any items of value.



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