If you live in an area where tornadoes or hurricanes happen, you already know how important it is to prep early in the season.
With little to no notice, these severe storms roll into town with their fierce winds. After they’re gone, they can leave behind devastating destruction and billions of dollars in damage.
To keep your home safe and minimize damage, prep before the season starts.
Every proactive step you take now can reduce wreckage, costs and risk later on. Keep in mind, hurricanes and tornadoes are unpredictable, intense storms. The higher the wind speed, the more likely trees will fail. Once hurricanes reach a category 3 or tornadoes reach a level F2, research shows their 115-150 mph wind speeds can uproot or destroy a tree- no matter how well prepared you are.
On the East Coast, hurricane season begins in June and continues through November. On the West Coast, hurricanes start a bit earlier – in mid-May.
Tornadoes most often occur in Southern states and the Gulf Coast from March to May. In the Great Plains, tornadoes typically occur from May through early June.
Prep before then to reduce risks while also developing a safety plan with your family.
Before you begin prepping, know that some trees can weather severe storms better than others. It all depends on the tree– and storm – you have. Your tree’s durability depends on its species, age and health and structure. Plus, the storm’s speed, wind intensity and the amount of precipitation also influence whether your tree will survive.
You can help trees better endure vicious winds and intense rain with these 3 steps below.
Yes, native (or local) trees typically survive storms more than exotic, imported trees, which makes sense. Native trees have been growing in your region for thousands of years. They’ve stood the test of time –and know how to weather your area’s storms.
Also, trees grouped together in sets of five or more, rather than lone trees, fare intense storms better. Keep this in mind when planting new trees.