Tips For Cleaning Up Your Yard After A Nor’easter
A nor’easter (sometimes called a Northeaster in the Mid-Atlantic states) is a storm that brings strong wind and rain to the Mid-Atlantic region, especially New England. Though they occur year-round, they are most common between fall and spring during the months of October through April. After a nor’easter strikes, your yard can be strewn with tree branches, tree trunks, leaves, and other debris from the storm. Here are some tips for cleaning up your yard after a nor’easter to help you get started restoring your yard back to its original state as quickly as possible.
1) Keep A Cool Head & Make Sure Your Yard is Safe
If you live in an area prone to storms, make sure your yard is safe before it hits. Remove anything that could become a projectile in high winds—lawn furniture, patio tables, hanging planters. It’s also a good idea to check around your home for potential storm-related problems—loose gutters or downspouts, for example—before they get worse. Then keep calm when it arrives. Storms are scary but are easy to get through with preparedness and staying indoors until things have settled down outside. When venturing out after a storm has passed be sure to stay alert for hazards like downed power lines or debris in roadways so you can help others avoid dangerous situations if needed.
2) Check Drainage
Fall Storms can bring heavy rain and wind, and that often means drains get clogged with leaves, mud, and other debris. This can lead to flooding or pooling of water in your yard or basement. Check all drains (on street level as well as those on your property) for blockages after a storm. If you find anything, call a plumber immediately to unclog it. You may also consider installing drain screens so smaller items don’t get caught in drainage systems.
3) Check Shrubs and Fall Plantings
During a strong windstorm, it’s common for some shrubs and mums to break loose from the ground, especially if they are not planted properly. Some plants may have been damaged during the high winds, causing them to lose leaves or flowers before their normal season has ended. If anything appears diseased or dead, remove it from your yard as soon as possible. Avoid planting things in low-lying areas prone to flooding because these plants will likely die every time there is severe rain – not something you want happening with an investment of thousands of dollars!
4) Remove Broken Branches From Trees
Branches that have been ripped from trees by a storm can be a safety hazard. Check your trees for dangling branches, and clean up as needed. Otherwise, these broken branches can fall at any time, potentially hitting you or others in your household. It’s important to remove them as soon as possible. You don’t want to have to deal with injuries—or worse—because of unsafe trees after a storm! Remove all hanging branches and dispose of them safely. Here are some tips for safe disposal: Avoid flammable places such as piles of leaves and trash cans; always look out for kids and pets when disposing. Some cities even accept bagged yard waste free of charge during specific times each year; contact your city offices to find out more about pickup schedules if they’re offered where you live. If not, use biodegradable paper bags rather than plastic bags.
5) Call T&B Landscaping
There is no better landscaping company in town than T&B Landscaping. We’ve been cleaning up yards and homes in our neighborhood after every nor’easter for years, and we can always count on them to get here fast, work hard, and keep our homes looking great! Call us today—we’re trustworthy experts you can depend on when Mother Nature throws a curveball.