Storms can be dreadful, especially if you have a beautiful yard at your house. Just a few minutes of stormy weather destroys months of your hard work and leaves you broken-hearted. And yard cleaning isn't an easy task, especially after a storm. So you need a well-coordinated way on how to fix your yard right after a storm.
Luckily for you, I have come with six easy steps to clean up you. Just follow the steps one after the other and you'll have your old yard back in no time. So without further ado you let’s get right to it.
1. Inspect Your Yard Properly After The Big Storm
Rather than hastily starting to clean your garden, you should first take a deep breath. Go to your yard and inspect all of your trees individually. Depending on the size of the storm some trees can be more vulnerable. Look out for fallen branches and split tree trunks when you are inspecting the trees.
A notebook is always handy in this situation because you can write down the level of damage. This can help you later on when you apply for insurance coverage. Plus, it gives you a better idea of placing your trees for the next time. So, it doesn’t do critical damage to your property after a big storm.
2. Pick Up And Separate Small Twigs, Leaves, And Other Kind Of Debris
Although damage has been done to your yard, all of it does not have to be a waste. You can still recover the twigs and use them later as firewood. Depending on the size of the twigs you can also turn them into wood chips.
Usually, a lot of the debris occur after a big storm. This might clog your gutters or drainage system. So you have to pick up the debris and keep them separated to make sure that your drainage system does not get clogged.
3. Remove The Unnecessary Or Damaged Parts
A storm may not completely break a branch but can render it unusable. This is not very good for the tree as they don’t get any benefit from the branch. Plus, it creates a safety risk as the branch can fall down on anyone at any time. So, you need to inspect branches that are half broken and cut them off completely.
You can use a pole saw to cut down the branches. You should apply the same technique for your garden leaves as well. Examine the leaves and watch out for damages. Give them a nice trim in order to allow new leaves to grow.
4. Trim And Remove All Plants With Broken Stems
Sometimes the trees and other vegetable plants may not be completely damaged. After the inspection, you see that only a portion of it is broken. You need to trim all the broken parts. This gives your plants a better chance of recovering. It’s ideal to trim away the leaves and branches if the damage is not more than one third.
But if the damage is more severe then you might consider removing the plant altogether. So, remove it from the stem and root and plant new vegetation in your yard. You can replace all the old and broken ones with completely new ones.
5. Take Care Of Water Clogging And Puddles
Clogged water is never good for anyone. It attracts mosquitoes and it also emits a horrible smell. So if you often notice a pool of water right after a heavy storm then you might have a problem on your hand.
The best way to handle water clogging is by eliminating the water runoff.
You can also try planting different shrubs or a raintree that might soak up the cloud water. Many people also try digging a larger lane to redirect the water. You can also fill the puddle with solid soil and plant water-loving trees in it.
6. Help New Trees To Recover And Add Safety Elements
Cleaning your yard is a perfect time to make arrangements for the new trees. You have to make sure that there are enough fences and production provided for the trees. This will give them a better chance to withstand the storm.
On the other hand, you should use fertilizers, water and take appropriate actions to make sure that your trees are healthy. Strong and healthy trees are less likely to be broken in a storm. So it acts differently as a prevention mechanism.
Bonus Tip: Use Automated Cleaning Tools
To make things much easier, you can simply use automated cleaning tools. Leaf blowers and automated vacuum cleaners are the best way to tackle the dirt. This is very effective when dealing with debris and small leaves.
In some cases, the trees will recover very quickly. But, in others they won’t recover at all. The trick is to not lose your hope and keep your yard beautiful. Don’t wait to clean your yard.
Take the first opportunity and get right to it. Because the longer you wait the harder it is going to be to get rid of the dirt. Plus waiting can create a very bad smell in the water puddle caused by the storm.
I hope these steps will help you to properly mitigate the damage caused by the storm. If you have about cleaning your yard please let us know. We will get back to you as soon as possible.