Protect your home from storm damage

Getting your yard ready for damaging wind and rain
Posted at 6:53 PM, Feb 16, 2017
and last updated 2019-05-15 19:24:53-04

Trees in your yard could be at risk of damaging your home. After hundreds of trees came crashing down during storms last month, it's a good idea to get your home prepared for possible damage. 


With just one good gust of wind, trees can topple over and ruin your landscape and even your home. Arborist Alman Grant from Arbor Task Tree Service says it's better to be proactive than to pay costly repairs later on. 


He said trees need pockets for heavy winds to pass through. 


"You can decrease the probability of the tree succumbing to the energy of the wind and it could be the difference between it surviving or not," said Grant. "If it were like a microburst where you have a sudden pressure drop and almost hurricane force winds in a brief period of time it could just snap the tree and throw the branch across the street."


Depending on the type of tree, some withstand wind better than others. 


"If you look at the foliage here, where you can see the sky and the light coming through, that's lacy. Up here where it's real thick and filled up with dead pine needles and all clustery and you can't see much light coming through, that's the area that would need to be thinned out."