Prepare your Backyard for a Tropical Storm/Hurricane

Forgot to prepare your backyard or garden for an incoming hurricane/tropical storm? Here are some last minute preparations you can do around your garden and backyard to keep the area as secure as possible.

Last Minute Backyard Preps for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

1. Outdoor Furniture
Bring the outdoor furniture indoors. If that’s not possible then take a picture of the furniture items, especially the expensive ones, then stack them together by the corner or by the fence. Secure them further by tying the furniture against a fence, tree or any other stable object. After the hurricane, check your furniture and make sure they don’t contain any unwanted passengers such as ants and bed bugs. Last thing you would need is a pest invasion.

2. Tall plants & Trellis
Make sure these tall objects are laid to the ground. They are prone to being knocked down in high-wind conditions.

3. Irrigation & Drainage
Make sure all irrigation systems are turned off and the valves that control those systems are secure. The pipes connecting the irrigation system may get damaged during the storm, which may lead to more flooding in your backyard if they haven’t been turned off properly.

4. Loose Objects
Last but not least, scan your backyard and store any loose objects indoors. In high-wind conditions, these objects can become dangerous projectiles. Items to lookout for include: bins, potted plants, lawn statues and ornaments, and garden tools.

Stay safe and always use common sense when you deal with these emergency situations.