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July 20, 2021

Protecting Your Property from Storm Damage

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Thunderstorm season is here for Maryland residents, which means it’s time to protect your property from the damage that can occur due to high winds and heavy rain. While many homeowners think of things like preparing their basement or other places inside of their home, you should never forget the landscape. In fact, landscaping and hardscaping features can undergo the most damage and even cause damage to your home during a storm.

How to Prepare Your Property for Storm Season

  1. Remove outdoor items from around your yard as much as possible, especially if a hurricane is in the forecast. Things like garden tools, lawn furniture and other outdoor equipment can become projectiles and get thrown against your home and cause damage. They can also do serious harm to anyone who might be outside.
  2. Trim back any trees in your yard that have large tree branches that are dead, diseased or dying. You should also trim back any branches that are hanging over or very close to your roof. Storms can often break these branches off and they can smash against your house, fall on your car or even take down power lines.
  3. If you have storm shutters on your home, make sure that they are closed. Strong winds can damage windows, and storm shutters are a great way to protect yours.
  4. Avoid going outdoors as much as possible when it is actively pouring rain or there is lightning in the sky for your own safety.
  5. When designing your landscape with help from JFC Grounds Maintenance, make sure that you are planting the right trees in the right places. Never place a tree too close to your home or power lines. It’s also a good idea to choose trees that are native to the area to increase the chances of their success.

Landscaping and Maintenance from JFC Grounds Maintenance

Ready to take better care of your lawn and landscape? Need some help making your summer cleanup less stressful but want the benefits of a clean, tidy landscape? Give JFC Grounds Maintenance a call at (410) 655-2887.