5 Tips to Protect Your Landscaping from El Niño Storm Damage
Warm does not mean dry this year.
It's warming up here in the Bay Area (It hit 77 degrees here today! Really, February?), but that does not mean that the rains are supposed to slow down yet. Property with hillsides, slopes, or expanses of uncovered dirt can be particularly vulnerable during a torrential downpour. If you haven't hired someone to take precautionary moves to protect your landscaping, or done it yourself, here are some ideas to help you get prepared.
New landscaping is vulnerable during big rains because it hasn't had time to really take root yet. If you had anything installed recently, you may want to contact your landscape contractor to come check their work for any needed repairs.
Get thee a tree guy
Ill-pruned trees can be dangerous in large storms; falling trees and branches can do significant damage to your property. Be sure to contact a licensed arborist, because trees are particular and improper pruning could hurt or kill your trees.
Drainage is incredibly important
Pooling water can bring insects, ruin plants, and harm your foundation. Bring in a professional landscaper to gauge where your drainage runs and see if there are any changes that need to be made. With something so serious, the sooner you make sure all is well, the better off you will be.
Heavy mulch is the best choice for heavy rains
If you have light mulch anywhere in your yard, you may want to consider replacing it with a heavier variety. Lightweight mulch tends to float (and float away) with heavy rains. That leaves your soil and plant roots exposed, which can make a wet yard situation worse.
Consider a retaining wall
If you do have slopes or hillsides on your property, you might benefit from a retaining wall. Aside from looking attractive (not that we're biased!), a retaining wall is your first line of defense against landslides if your soil is too oversaturated from heavy rains. We would highly suggest not cutting corners with a project like this, and make sure to hire a licensed contractor. You want to make sure that your new wall will stand the test of time
If you have any questions about what you can do to protect your property during these storms, drop us a line or leave a comment. We would love to help.