Protect Your Home and Yard With These 8 Landscaping Tips

Protect Your Home and Yard With These Storm Resistant Landscaping Tips:

 

 

Just a few days ago, Houston experienced yet another powerful storm, reminding us of the city’s vulnerability to extreme weather. With hurricanes, tornadoes, and severe thunderstorms frequently impacting our region, taking proactive steps to protect your home has never been more crucial. One effective way to safeguard your property is through storm-resistant landscaping.

Let’s be clear—there is no way to completely storm-proof your landscape. Storms can be unpredictable, leaving some areas untouched while completely destroying others nearby. Plus, unexpected hazards like a rogue trampoline can always come into play. However, by following these tips and tricks, you can minimize damage and enhance the resilience of your landscape.

Here are eight practical tips to help you create a storm-resistant landscape that can better withstand Houston’s unpredictable weather:

1. Inspect Your Trees At Least Twice a Year

Regular inspection of your trees is essential for identifying and addressing potential hazards. We recommend at least twice annually, ideally in the spring and fall. Look for signs of disease, dead branches, and structural weaknesses that could lead to falling limbs during a storm.

Additionally, it is important to check trees after major storms like the one we saw last week, or after any extreme weather event. Hiring a professional arborist for an annual inspection can provide peace of mind and ensure that your trees are healthy and storm-ready.

2. Prune and Trim Trees Regularly

Regular pruning and trimming are crucial activities for maintaining the health and structure of your trees. Remove dead or weak branches that could become projectiles during a storm. Thinning the canopy can also reduce wind resistance and prevent trees from becoming top-heavy. If you are adding new trees to your landscape, be sure to ask your landscape designer what kind of maintenance they require.

3. Tree Placement is Key

When planting new trees, consider their mature size and keep them at a safe distance from your home. This reduces the risk of trees falling onto your house during severe storms. A good rule of thumb is to plant trees at least 30 feet away from structures and utility lines.

Pro Tip: Group trees together when possible. Planting trees in clusters or groups can help them support each other during high winds. This collective strength can reduce the likelihood of individual trees being uprooted or snapped. Additionally, grouped trees create natural windbreaks that can protect other parts of your landscape.

4. Some Trees Weather the Storm Better than Others

Certain tree species are better suited to withstand high winds. Opt for wind-resistant trees such as live oaks, crape myrtles, and bald cypresses. These trees have strong root systems and flexible branches that are less likely to break during a storm.

 

 

5. Remove Storm Hazards

Identify and remove potential storm hazards from your yard, such as loose garden ornaments, lawn furniture, and other unsecured items. YES, YOU WITH THE TRAMPOLINE- lock that baby down! These objects can become dangerous projectiles during high winds, causing damage to your home and landscape.

6. Permeable Pavers and Proper Drainage

Proper drainage is essential for preventing flooding and water damage during heavy rains. Ensure that your yard has adequate drainage systems, such as French drains or swales, to direct water away from your home’s foundation. Incorporating permeable paving materials, like gravel and pavers to help with water absorption and reduce runoff.

7. Use Mulch to Protect Plant Roots

Applying a layer of mulch around your plants and trees can help protect their roots from extreme weather conditions. Mulch aids in retaining moisture, stabilizing soil temperatures, and reducing erosion caused by heavy rains. It also adds an extra layer of insulation against cold snaps.

 

 

8. Invest in Wind-Resistant Shrubs and Ground Cover

In addition to trees, consider incorporating wind-resistant shrubs and ground cover into your landscape design. Plants like yaupon holly, Texas sage, and liriope can withstand strong winds and provide additional stability to your yard. These hardy plants can help reduce soil erosion and offer a low-maintenance solution for storm-resistant landscaping.

By implementing these storm-resistant landscaping tips, you can significantly enhance the resilience of your yard and protect your home from the damaging effects of Houston’s extreme weather. From choosing wind-resistant trees to creating proper drainage, taking proactive measures now can save you from costly repairs and ensure your landscape thrives despite the challenges of storm season.

Thinking about revamping your landscape? At FiveSTAR Landscape, we specialize in creating beautiful, durable landscapes tailored to your needs. Contact us today for a free consultation and let us help you weatherproof your property with expert design and installation services.

 

More Info:

Ready.gov/hurricanes 

fema.gov

weather.gov