As a peninsula of land jutting out between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida is a prime candidate for frequent hurricane activity. We are often lucky to have several years between storms, and therefore are possibly not fully prepared when a hurricane does hit. This often means that our yard trees are not prepared for strong hurricane winds, having possibly grown very large or unbalance and susceptible to damage. A regular system of pruning must be established to provide healthy branches with an open, leafy canopy that allows air to move through freely. To better insure tree success, selecting the right tree species should be considered as well as properly placing trees away from structures and utilities. The following links provide information on tree selection and lessons learned from impacts of previous hurricanes.
Trees and Hurricanes
How to Minimize Wind Damage in the South Florida Landscape