How do I protect landscape plants safe during hurricanes?


I just had my front yard landscaped in early spring of 2018. There are evergreen plants and bushes as well as perennial flowers. When a storm or hurricane with heavy winds and rain are threatening, is there something I should do to protect the plants?

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  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Sep 13, 2018

    You could try mulching around the bushes and plants. This will hold the soil instead of it washing away. If the shrubbery is sagging you can install four sticks in the corners and tie a good rope or panty hose around it to keep the branches from dragging with the weight. The panty hose works well because it does not harm the plants and tends to stretch a little as the shrub grows.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Sep 13, 2018

    Omg, gool luck and be safe

  • 1401470 1401470 on Sep 13, 2018

    Mulching might help but realistically sometimes you can't protect certain things. Just say a little prayer and take care of you first.

  • Rosebud Rosebud on Sep 16, 2018

    To save your plants from being uprooted dig the root lose ever so lightly so the plant can be pushed to the ground sideways, Then cover it with a heavy load of dirt, rocks anything that may not move.

    As soon as its safe uncover your plants, place upright.

    They may go into shock but will recover. This has been tried by my sister in-law in Florida a few times & it worked.

  • Cindy Cindy on Sep 16, 2018

    Hi Elaine. I'm Cindy. I want to first say be well. And be safe. To prepare your perennial plants for bad weather, dig it out and replant it into a pot. Put it somewhere safe like you basement or garage. When the storm is over, replant them in the ground. You could protect your trees by putting large rocks at the base of the tree. Adding extra weight will make them more difficult to uproot. Best of luck to you Elaine. God bless.

  • Lori Fitzgibbon Lori Fitzgibbon on Sep 17, 2018

    As a former resident of a now flooded area of NC I can tell you this, and I'm sure you know it, you can only protect so much. Your flowers can be be dug up and put into pots, but your trees will need secured down. Depending on where you are, high floodingay still damage them. Just take care of you first. bIf

    he landscaping company didn't do it you can put up the tie downs to help the plant. To do this you will need tall garden stakes from a hardware store (2 per plant) or make your own if you can, nylon cord, 1" or better, and a piece if felt. Depending on the number of trees youay need several. For each plant you will

    Drive the stakes into the ground 12-18" from 2 opposite sides. Cut a strip of felt 3-4" wide and have someone help you with this part. Hold the felt in the middle of the tree and then tie a piece of cord around the center of the tree on the felt. Make sure it's long enough to reach from the center of the tree to the bottom of the stake. You want this to snug, but not to tight. Do the same for the opposite side of the tree. Your tree should now have 2 pieces of cording coming out of the center and it will be sturdy. Make sure the stakes are driven into the ground far enough so they are tight.

    Following the storm, you can remove this. I would leave it until ground dries up slightly so the tree doesn't lean from wet, soggy ground. You can keep your flowers in pots for awhile. Any perianal type flowers replant, the others just keep in the pots. The stress will kill them rather quickly. I know it stays warm into Nov. in some parts, I can remember Thanksgiving in t-shirts and cooking out. If you are in that kind of an area, you can try to replant if you want.

    Stay safe.

  • Bijous Bijous on Sep 18, 2018

    Hi. To all who went through the flooding from Hurricane Florence, you will be in my thoughts throughout the coming months. As one who went through Harvey, I can tell you that there is nothing that will protect landscaping in a hurricane and flooding. But plants and trees are resilient. I lost my grass and a couple of trees, but the others stayed the course. Good luck to you and yours.

  • River River on Sep 26, 2018

    You can dig up flowers replant in pot and bring inside. Make sure pot is sitting on something besides your floor. Personally, I would leave in place and hope for best. Do not place any type of rocks around trees or plants. They can be blown towards anything and cause horrific damage. Same goes for wooden posts or stakes-very dangerous. Trees can be staked down, if not already done by landscape company. To do this take rope slide two pieces of garden hose (each about 1 1/2 foot long). Wrap rope around trunk of tree with one piece of hose fitting against trunk on each side of trunk. The garden hose keeps rope from embedding into tree. Tie each end of rope to a metal tree stake that has a plastic top on it and hammer stake into ground. Make sure it is a tree stake not. Tent stake. Tent stakes are not long enough or strong enough to hold a tree. It is not 100% guarantee But should help steady roots and tree.

    You are most important and there is so much to do getting ready for a storm. Take care of you.

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