Forecasters have called for an above-average storm season in the Atlantic this year.

Storm season has reached the Tampa Bay area. From June until the end of November, it is key to protect your home and yard from unnecessary damages by securing your yard and maintaining your landscape. As we face this unpredictable and sometimes catastrophic season, how can we best prepare?

What to expect this year.

Experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have called for an above average hurricane season for 2021, anticipating between 13 and 20 named storms throughout the following months.

Having an emergency supply kit on deck is always a good idea. It’s recommended to have at least a week of emergency supplies readily available, including drinking water, food, medications, flashlights and batteries, pet care items, hygiene items, clothing, bedding, and copies of your important documents. When storms are inevitable, your preparation should extend outdoors as well.

Protecting your yard and landscape.

Living in the Tampa Bay area, it’s no secret that residents expect some chance of flooding and extreme winds. Your yard and landscaping are a beloved extension of your home, and it’s important to take these steps to protect it.

Prepare your plant beds by switching out hard material, such as gravel, for a softer alternative, such as mulch. Double-check that no drainage areas are clogged. Have a water management expert from Fieldstone perform an irrigation check and ensure that your irrigation system is turned off before a storm.

It is an incorrect assumption of many homeowners that trees are an inherent risk to your home during storms. In fact, selecting the right plant material for your yard can help to protect it. Adding more resistant tree species, like live oak, sycamore, maple, or magnolia, and planting these trees in groups is ideal for many yards. These groups of wind-resistant tree species can act as a buffer for your landscape and for your other plants.

Proper tree and ornamental trimming and maintenance is also essential. We recommend consulting with Fieldstone’s certified arborists about pruning your trees. Being proactive by removing diseased or dying limbs or other potential hazards is highly recommended before the peak hurricane season in Mid-August. Heavy shrub pruning is best this time of year, with the added benefit of rejuvenation. Ensure that power lines are clear of any plant material, so that power interruptions won’t have any further complications. Finally, be sure to clear all your debris after trimming.

If you’re a pool owner, additional protective measures should be taken. Turn off all pool equipment and remove equipment and components wherever possible. Wrap, secure, and strap down the rest. Pool chemical service should wait under after the storm.

Be sure to bring your lawn furniture inside or tie it down before a storm rolls in. Keep in mind while prepping that anything loose on the ground could become a projectile.

Fieldstone Can Help.

Fieldstone Landscape Services is Tampa Bay’s premier choice for full-service commercial and residential landscaping. We have arborists, irrigation specialists, and landscape experts all on-staff and in-house to help Tampa Bay homeowners and businesses with their hurricane preparation and cleanup.

For Tampa Bay residents and businesses, we’re offering storm clean-up at pre-approved rates throughout hurricane season. Our aim is to make this time of year as worry-free as possible for our customers in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, and beyond. If you are interested in this service, click here and we will be happy to provide you with more information.

As we get further into 2021’s hurricane season, be sure that your proactive measures are met. Your landscape is our focus, and we strive to provide our customers with exceptional service, backed by the strength of our culture and our aim for you to Grow With Us.

by Ciara Howley