Cleaner air, energy savings, wildlife habitat and higher property values are just a few of the benefits trees provide.
But the wrong tree in the wrong place can be a hazard during a hurricane. With the right planning, a hurricane-resistant landscape can be yours.
By taking garden layout, spacing and tree species into consideration, you’ll be on your way to choosing a tree that can hold its ground during a storm and looks beautiful for years to come.
Hurricane-resistant trees can withstand high winds and water-saturated soil far better than others.
Choose large, wind-resistant trees such as oaks, Southern magnolias and bald cypresses or native trees with wide spreading branches, a low center of gravity, strong, deep roots, and small leaf size. Ask a Garden Center associate for assistance in choosing the right tree.
Plant Hurricane-Resistant Trees:
- Choose hurricane-resistant trees best suited to your needs.
- If room permits, group five or more trees together. A single tree has less wind resistance than trees planted closely together. Plus, root systems intertwine to better anchor trees in the soil.
- Plant trees 10’ apart, but not in a straight line.
- Dig a hole 3 to 4 times as wide but no deeper than the container. You want to make it easy for the roots to grow outward.
- Fill the hole with water and let it drain.
- Ease the plant out of the pot. Gently loosen roots, being careful not to damage them.
- Set the plant in the hole so the place where the trunk meets the roots is at the soil line — not too high and not too deep. Spread the roots out.
- Fill halfway with soil and lightly tamp to eliminate air pockets. Replace the remaining soil and tamp again.
- Build a shallow saucer of soil with a 3” lip around the perimeter of the hole to contain water.
- Water gently and deeply.
- Mulch around the tree, keeping the mulch away from the trunk. Do not mound mulch like a volcano. It can kill the tree.
- Water regularly the first year, even during winter warm spells if the soil isn’t frozen.
- Maintain a construction-free zone out to the edge of the tree canopy. Protect roots from damage by keeping equipment and digging activities away from the root zone.