Landscape preparedness during hurricane season

Do not wait for a major storm to form in or enter the Gulf before you carefully check large shade trees on your property to make sure they are in good shape and structurally sound.

As I was sitting on my front porch when a severe thunderstorm rolled into the area on May 27, I was impressed by the buildup of menacing clouds and the rapid drop in temperature.

Then came the high winds. Any cowboy would likely be impressed with how expertly the wind seemed to “herd” a group of trash containers down the middle of the street.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

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