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Preparing Trees for Hurricanes

June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season, which lasts until November 30. Hurricanes are part of life in Florida, and tree damage is very common.

But you can make trees in your landscape more hurricane-resistant, so that you can worry less when a storm is about to hit.

Correct pruning will help trees survive hurricanes. Prune them so they develop a sturdy, well-spaced framework of healthy branches around a central leader. The canopy edge can be thinned, allowing air to pass through freely.

Of course, the best way to protect your landscape and home from hurricane damage is to select trees carefully in the first place.

Choose trees with strong root systems, trunks, and branches, and select species that are more wind-resistant. Plant them away from utilities and structures.

If you think ahead and prepare, your trees and property are more likely to survive the hurricane season.

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