Landscape Hurricane Preparedness
Prepare yourself first! Then:
Before a Hurricane
- Clear grass clippings and other debris from storm drains, ditches, and paved areas.
- Clear gutters of debris.
- Remove broken limbs, dead plants, and other plant debris from the yard.
- Move container plants and hanging baskets to sheltered areas.
- Turn off irrigation systems.
- Take photos of your landscape to help with post-storm recovery and claims.
- Store pesticides and fertilizers out of potential floodwaters.
After a Hurricane
- Inspect trees and shrubs for damage. Prune out damaged limbs.
- Trees, especially large trees, that are split or leaning may not recover.
- Smaller trees can be restaked. Fertilize next spring.
- Heavily damaged shrubs and perennials can be cut back to encourage recovery.
- From Florida Extension – Assessing Damage and Restoring Trees After a Hurricane
- Be cautious of scams related to landscape recovery and tree care.
- Follow municipality instructions for debris placement.