Hurriane Resistant Trees – is there such a thing?

Hurricane Frances rips up some trees. (Image courtesy of Flickr user daveinswf. Click for full photo.)

Its rainy season in Florida, which is a good time to plant new trees. But with rainy season also comes hurricane season and as the fourth tropical storm of the season quietly simmers near Florida and the Caribbean, it’s important to make sure you choose trees that are more likely to survive hurricanes and truly be a good investment for your property.

While there are trees that are stronger than others, the way they are planted, the area in which they are planted, and the surrounding trees or plants can make all of the difference The list of strong trees is long, so let’s consider the other elements first in order to narrow down the list.

 

Tree Canopy at Bonnet House (Image Courtesy of Flickr user Cliff1066. Click for full photo.)

Don’t let trees get lonely

Trees are approximately 10% more likely to survive when planted in groups.(1) Trees should be planted in groups of five and as a mixture of older and newer trees, along with differing heights of trees and shrubbery. That being said, trees that are over-mature, or not in the list of “safe” trees are not likely to survive a hurricane, regardless of how they are planted.

 

Just like us, trees get weaker as they age

Trees that are over-mature should be removed as part of your landscaping plan (yes, you should have one that is updated at least quarterly).

The roots on this 80-foot tree were not enough to withstand a small hurricane. (Image Courtesy of Flickr user mattjb. Click for full photo.)

Go deep

Trees depend on their roots to become strong, so trees should be planted deeply. Logical, right? , but unfortunately soil in south Florida is sandy and not always deep. So, the particular type of tree is especially important in our neighborhood. In addition water run-off is integral. If water consistently loosens the roots, or worse, starts to rot those roots the tree may not make it through a large sneeze, let alone a force 5 storm.

Trees need love all year long

Trees need to be pruned throughout the year, not just before hurricane season. Not pruning them causes them stress and strain and weakens their structure. Pruning them only before hurricane season will help their chances of survival, but having a year-long plan will give them more time to bounce back and give them the best chance they have.

Go Native

In general, trees that are native to Florida stand up to hurricanes better. The palm species appears to stand up better than any others, but even among the palms some are better than others. Again it’s logical: those palms that are native to coastal regions are better at withstanding high winds, gusts, and water damage. Queen palms do poorly compared to Canary Island date palms, manila palms, and sabal palms.

We’ve covered the ways to improve your tree’s chances, and here’s the list of hurricane resistant trees, brought to you by our great friends at The University of Florida’s Food and Agricultural Science division:

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5 ways to hurricane ready your yard

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Hurricane season has been in full swing for a little while now, but as the ninth tropical depression heads our way, there is no more putting off your preparations. Here are five things you can do today to prepare your yard.

Downed tree after hurricane1. Trim your trees.

I can’t state this enough, it’s so important to prune your trees regularly. It not only promotes healthy growth, it can also protect your property, and your neighborhood from flying debris should a hurricane hit. Branches that touch or come close to power lines are especially dangerous and should be removed before the threat of a tropical depression becomes the reality of a hurricane.
Call PALM to make an appointment for tree trimming, as Certified International Arborists, we know the best way to trim the many different species of trees found in South Florida.

 

Courtesy of Flickr @BarkBud2. Remove all potential projectiles.

Birdhouses, kid’s toys, plant pots, and rocks are some ideas of projectiles. Little things like rocks can cause major damage if they break a window. Luckily most pots, toys, and things like bird houses can be left until the last minute when you can pull them inside, or even drop them in your pool during the storm. Rocks are more difficult and for this reason may not be the best choice for your landscaping, so if you’re looking for a redesign, now is the best time!
Call PALM for landscape design and installation services.

 

Courtesy of Flickr user @pyxopotamus3. Clear loose and damaged rain gutters.

Rain gutters will be put to the test during a hurricane, so you need to ensure they are clear and secure enough to withstand a deluge.

 

 

 

Storm Surge4. Understand your own storm surge risk.

Many people think they’re far enough from the beach to be safe, but you also need to consider levees, dams, and other water. Unfortunately, we are largely surrounded.

South Florida Water Management District’s site can provide you with more info.

 

 

Trees block road after storm5. Have the disaster recovery and restoration number handy.

Once the storm passes, there are often downed trees, sometimes laying in the way of you getting out. PALM is experienced in removing these trees and having the number on hand will put you at the front of the line. Keep our number handy: (954) 938-1999 and call as soon as you know you need help.

Landscaping to do list: August edition

Rum and coconut water could help to cool your lungs! Read on for recipes

August is around the corner and here in Zone 9-10 we’re gearing up for the dog days of summer, where the pool feels as warm as the air and hurricanes are the only thing that seem to move. But, the bougainvillea is flowering and the hibiscus is too, so we’ll enjoy the view as we follow these tips to get ready for August.

  • Wear your sunscreen, don’t leave your pets outside, and drink plenty!
  • Prune your trees. I know, we say it all the time, but it’s good for the trees, it’s good for your roof (flying debris is never good during hurricane season) and the neighbors will love you for it.
  • “Direct sow seeds of cucumber, onion, pepper, southern peas, pumpkin, turnips, and watermelon. Select varieties that mature early in order to produce before the temperature gets too cool. Watch for pests and provide water when needed.”¹
  • Check your citrus trees. Remove any ripe fruit and feed your trees with fertilizer (don’t let fallen fruit sit, you’ll encourage rats, raccoons and all kinds of other wildlife.)
  • Consider investing in a rain barrel. Rainy season is here and it will save you money in the long run.
  • Check your coconut trees. Remove any ripe ones. Ripe really depends on how you like them, but for the water, take one off and shake it. If there’s a sloshing, open it (slice the top with a machete). If it’s good, get the others down too. Stick a straw in them and enjoy or pour out the water for a rum concoction.

Our favorite recipe?

Coconut water, rum, and mint over crushed ice.

Other choices?

Coco water, rum, and lime over ice.

Coco water and rum over ice.

Coco water cialis prix and rum, lemon and fresh muddled basil over ice.

 

 

 

 

¹http://www.thevegetablegarden.info/garden-calendar/zones-9-10-garden-calendar?start=2

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