Tree Preparation for Hurricane Season

Keep Your Trees Protected from the Storms hazardous trees


In 2004, four hurricanes in forty-five days devastated Florida’s West Coast causing property damage estimated at more than $35 billion. Predictions for this hurricane season are just as bleak. The National Weather Service reports that warmer sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic could result in more and stronger hurricanes in Florida…for the next ten to twenty years!




Trees Cause Millions In Property Damage
When a hurricane strikes, trees cause millions of dollars in damage to area homes and businesses. You can’t stop the hurricanes from coming, but you can significantly reduce your risk of damage to your trees, by taking these three simple steps.

  • Step #1: Inspect Your Trees
    First, check out all the trees on your property to make sure that they have not grown too close to your roof, windows or power lines. Tree branches need room to sway in the high winds during a storm. If they are denied this freedom to move, these branches can cause serious property damage.

  • Step #2: Prune Your Trees
    One of the worst sights we see after a hurricane has hit is the sheer number of trees that have uprooted. Proper pruning can help your trees survive the storm. Pruning will thin the trees out and reduce their susceptibility to high winds. However, be careful not to remove more than 25% of a tree’s canopy. This will “over thin” your trees and can adversely affect their long-term health.

  • Step #3: Remove Problem Trees
    Problem trees are trees that are dead or diseased. During a storm they can easily split apart and threaten nearby buildings. You may be able to remove some small trees on your own, but removal of larger trees usually requires professional help. If you are unsure as to the health of your tree, an arborist will be able to tell you if the tree can be saved or whether it needs to be removed.



  • Don’t Wait For A Hurricane To Strike

    Trees that have taken years and sometimes decades to grow simply can’t be replaced. Once a storm hits and the damage has been done, it’s too late. (And it can take weeks to get help from a qualified tree service company to clean up the mess.) Don’t wait. Follow these three simple steps to protect your trees and your home from hurricane damage.











    Jon Wilbur is an ISA Certified Arborist and co-owner of Pinellas Tree Service, in Clearwater.

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