Before the wind blows, secure your trees and shrubs
The seasons are changing, and the colors of autumn abound. Regrettably, fall’s stunning display is often accompanied by some unwelcome weather hazards in our region- namely, wind- that can cause considerably damage to the very trees that produce all those beautiful fall leaves.
At Whitford Insurance Network, we want your yard and home to stay great throughout the season. Take a look at the following tips to ensure you keep your trees and shrubs healthy and avoid the destruction that can result when the wind blows.
To protect existing trees
- Bundle ’em up. Go to a home and garden store and buy enough landscape fabric and plant ties to cover trees and shrubs vulnerable to the changing weather. Wrap them up for the winter and unwrap them after spring has sprung.
- Exercise pruning prowess. Proper pruning is essential to ensure trees can withstand winds, so make sure you use correct pruning techniques or hire a professional.
- Trees and more trees. If you have trees that are especially susceptible to wind, consider planting more trees. Experts say to choose trees, like conifers and evergreens, to create a windbreak. As an added bonus, a windbreak placed in correct proximity to a home can reduce energy costs by up to 30 percent! Keep in mind: conifers should be planted at least 20 feet from a structure, evergreens at least 30.
When planting trees
- Know which way the wind blows. Pay attention to the wind patterns in your area through the fall and winter seasons and how they affect your particular lot. Plant trees in areas where structures, such as your home, garage or shed, can serve to shelter them from the wind.
- Give them some space. Plant trees far enough away from structures and foundations. A smaller tree should have at least a 10-square-foot space to itself, and a larger tree needs at least 30 square feet.
At Whitford Insurance Network we hope these tips will ensure that you and your yard hang tough all season long…even when the wind starts howling. Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest page for more tips on how to turn your yard into a paradise by clicking here!