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Hurricane proof your yard

During a hurricane there are many steps South Floridians take to protect their home. But, one part of the home people tend to neglect is their yard. There are many potential projectiles in every yard and if certain steps are not taken then your precious birdhouse may end up in your neighbor's living room. Follow these steps to give your yard the biggest chance of surviving a hurricane.

Here is an example of how forceful winds can be during a hurricane

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Steps to hurricane proof your yard



Clean up all loose branches and debris that could be projectiles. Take that old limb that fell of your pine tree weeks ago and throw it away. Think of this as a spring-cleaning for your yard.



Cut down dead trees. You do not want this tree to smash thru your roof. If the tree is very large then you may want to hire a professional landscape company. Some landscape companies have "Hurricane Specials" days before a storm to boost business.
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Cut down those big flimsily branches. If it looks like a normal South Florida storm could knock it down then a hurricane would definitely do the job.
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If you do any tree cutting or pruning yourself don't wait until the last minute. Remember that the limbs and branches have to be pickup by the city. Figure out which days you will need your clippings picked up and plan accordingly.
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Call FPL to come and cut down tree limbs that are close to power lines. This will prevent larger problems after the hurricane hits. DO NOT CUT THEM DOWN YOURSELF. YOU COULD BE ELECTRICUTED.
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Tie down newer, younger trees. You can buy some plant tie downs and make a triangular formation. Be sure the base of these ties are strongly secure. You don't want these ties to become projectiles.
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Put potted plants in a corner where the house and fence meet. If you do not have a fence then put them together along the side of the house. This will help shield the plants from the hurricane force winds. Then either bungee or tie all the pots together. This allows more weight and lessens the possibility of one of the pots ending up in your neighbor's window.



Be sure to bring in lawn chairs, coolers, kids toys, gardening tools, ect... This also includes garden gnomes, birdhouses, and other knick-knacks that live in your yard. Also, be sure to secure your grill. Your grill will become handy once there is no electricity and this is the only way to cook.



Secure your trashcans and recycling bins. Most cities will not take care of securing these. Hurricane force winds will take those away and you may find them blocks down the road.



If you have a trampoline you might want to take it apart and put it in storage, your garage or bring it inside. Trampolines become huge sails in hurricanes and will not be there once the storm is over.Copyright © 2018, South Florida
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