Home Tips Preparing Your Home and Garden for a Storm

Preparing Your Home and Garden for a Storm

When a storm arrives, whether it is a thunderstorm, hailstorm, or hurricane, homeowners must be prepared to protect their home as well as their garden and landscaping. Although you most likely have homeowner’s insurance to help you recover most of the costs of damage, it may not cover everything and seeking a settlement may be a daunting process. By preparing your home and planning ahead long before a storm arrives, you can rest easy and ride out the storm without any worries.

Protecting Your HVAC System

By using surge protectors, you can protect your HVAC system and any other electrical appliances. Regular maintenance of your HVAC system will allow you to avoid any potential issues when a storm hits far in advance. Check with your HVAC provider or company to ensure that everything is in good condition and could weather any type of power outage, storm surge, or other issues. Many service providers offer regular maintenance plans as part of a purchase and  provide emergency services if the unfortunate happens and you need to restart or fix any part of your heating and cooling systems.

Preserving Your Garden

When news arrives that a major storm is heading your way, it can cause fear and concern not only about your home but also your garden and outdoor landscaping. You can get rather creative when finding ways to keep your garden intact. Some plants can easily be brought inside, while others must remain outdoors regardless of the weather. Raised beds and bed protectors can keep things from moving around too much during a large rainstorm, while gardens, walls, or fences can shield your flowers and plants from the wind and rain. Living curtains and windbreak trees can serve a dual purpose and look beautiful while functioning as a protection wall.

Rain Storm and Flood Protection 

To protect your garden during a rainstorm or extensive water damage, divert water so that it will drain away from the garden area that you want to protect. Spring rains can drown plants, wash out seedbeds, and compact the ground, killing the flowers or making them over-watered and unable to grow. Additionally, you should protect your home by reinforcing your roof during rainy months. You can check your risk in advance by looking at resources from FEMA and local agencies. 

Drought Protection for Your Garden

Growing a clover lawn is a great way to keep your lawn safe from the effects of a drought. Providing natural or artificial shade to shelter the lawn from direct sunlight is another way to protect plants from drought conditions. You can build up their resiliency by not over-watering so the roots can grow dormant and be prepared for challenging weather. Reuse water from other parts of your home, known as gray water. You can reuse water from the sink, bathtub, and even your washing machine to irrigate your plants.

With just a little preparation, you can prepare your home and garden for any natural disaster. Wind, rain, drought, snow, frost, and flood will inevitably come, so learn what might be likely in your area and plan ahead so you can rest easy during the extreme moments of the seasons.

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