How to Prepare Your Yard for Monsoons

The arrival of the monsoons bring heavy rains and high winds that can cause serious damage to your landscaping. Roadways flood, roofs leak, and without the right preparation, your landscape could suffer the consequences. We’ll help you prepare your landscape for the upcoming storms.

Staking Out Trees

If you’ve ever gone camping, you know to stake out your tent in case of excess wind. Preparing your trees for the monsoon season follows the same basic principle—  younger, fast growing trees need to be staked out with guy wire for stability. Small trees can be staked using two lodge pole stakes to stabilize them. Trees over a year old can benefit from guy wires too. For maximum stability, trees should be staked out at three separate points that are out of range of the root system.

If you are unsure of how to stake your trees, consult a landscaper to help you secure your trees during the monsoon. You may want to have the ties and stakes adjusted or removed when the monsoon storms are over since tree growth can be inhibited by ties.

Trimming Trees

Monsoon storms can create wind gusts. You will see large tree branches blowing when winds are at 30 miles per hour. When wind speed increases, the entire tree will move causing structural damage.  Winds above 50 miles per hour can uproot an entire tree.

You can control how your trees are prepared for these wind gusts. Trim back branches and thin out tree tops to improve how much wind can pass through them. Decreasing this resistance may give your trees a better chance of surviving the monsoon and staying rooted.

Call Santa Rita Landscaping at (520) 623-0421 to find out how we can help you prepare your landscaping for the summer monsoon. We have been serving Tucson’s landscaping needs for 28 years.

 

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