The hurricane season for the state of Florida runs from June 1st to November 30th, although the majority of hurricanes make landfall in Florida mid summer to October. Although we see many of our hurricanes in the later months of the summer, it is a good time to prepare your property, yard and make a hurricane evacuation plan if not before the season begins, but in June.
Grand Oak trees are a common and beloved sight in Tampa. These majestic trees are not only beautiful, but also provide shade, purify the air, and provide homes for wildlife. Many grand Oaks in Tampa date back to the early 1900’s and are considered historic landmarks. Some of the Oak in and around Tampa are estimated to be over 250 years old. Another popular spot to see grand Oaks is in the historic Hyde Park neighbourhood, where they line the streets and create a canopy over the sidewalks. The grand Oaks of Tampa are an important part of the city’s natural beauty and history.
With all of the planning for the upcoming hurricane season, it is also a good idea to get your trees evaluated for safety in the event of a storm. Trees can pose a serious danger during a hurricane, as they can be uprooted or have limbs break and fall. It is important to take steps to ensure tree safety before a hurricane hits. Here are some tips:
• Trim branches: Remove any dead or weak branches that could fall during high winds.
• Remove damaged trees: If a tree is already damaged or leaning, it is best to have it remove before a hurricane.
• Check for hidden hazards: Look for any signs of rot or disease in trees, which can weaken them and increase their likelihood of falling during a hurricane or strong storm.
• Stake young trees: For trees that are still young and small, staking them can help keep them upright during high winds.
• Keep trees away from structures: Avoid planting trees too close to your home or other structures, as they can cause damage if they fall.
• Secure outdoor furniture and equipment: Anything that could become airborne during a hurricane or strong storm should be brought inside or secured in a sheltered area of the property away from structures which may get damaged.
• Have an evacuation plan: If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes or flooding, it is important to have an evacuation plan in place so that you can quickly and feely leave if necessary.
Overall, taking steps to ensure tree safety before a hurricane hits can help prevent damage and ensure your safety during the storm. Being safe during a storm and having your property being in a safe condition can give you peace of mind when you evacuate during the storm and returning to a property has less damage due to your preparation. Being prepared in the state of Florida could give you less to think about after a hurricane.