Storm Damage Cleanup

Posted on by Urban Eden

Stormy weather has been abundant in the Washougal, Camas, and Vancouver areas this year. From rain and hail to snow and extremely windy weather, we’ve seen our fair share of storms. Cleaning up after a storm can be discouraging; sometimes we are left wondering where to start. Good news: A great place to start is here, reading this article!

Debris

Oftentimes, during a storm, especially one with severe winds, our yards can become littered with various forms of debris. Leaves, tree branches, trash, and a myriad of other debris can quickly clutter our yards, leaving us wondering where all of this debris even came from. Therefore, a great place to start when cleaning up after a storm is assessing the various debris strewn about your landscape. Pick up any trash and throw it away. Remove any branches that have fallen. Rake up any leaves and other loose organic matter into piles and either throw it in your compost, take it to a waste disposal facility, or give your local landscaper a call to help out!

Inspect Trees

Trees can, quite often, be affected by many different types of stormy weather. Wind can cause tree limbs to snap and fall to the ground. Snow (or simply extremely cold weather even) can cause branches to break. Whatever weather has affected your trees, it is important to keep in mind that it can affect more than just a few branches; it could harm the entire tree, creating a hazard to people, pets, and homes alike. After a storm has passed, it is a good idea to inspect the trees on your property to assess whether they need to be pruned, trimmed, or simply removed. The threat of a tree falling onto structures or people on your property is a threat that should be taken seriously and remedied immediately.  It is also a good practice to properly care for your trees year-round to help them recover. This can be done by timely trimming and pruning, as well as fertilizing and adding mulch.

Water

We get A LOT of rain here in the Pacific Northwest and, though it can become tiresome after too long, that is why our great state is so lush and green. However, standing water can have detrimental effects on not only your property but your health as well. Standing water that forms after heavy rain or flooding can carry pathogens from sewer systems, which can harm your health, especially in cases of home flooding. Often, when standing water forms on your property that means one thing: A problem with water runoff. The water on your property has nowhere to go, so puddles form. One way to treat a smaller amount of standing water is to plant hydrophilic (a fancy word for “water-loving”) plants in the area. If the standing water is abundant it would be a good idea to backfill the area or look into redirecting the water or dispersing it over a larger area.

 

These suggestions may not be the complete solution for every storm cleanup job, but it is a great place to start. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the idea of cleaning up after a storm, Urban Eden Landscaping would love to help get your yard looking great. Give us a call today at (360)567-6399, contact us here, or fill out our FREE estimate request form online.

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