Hurricane season comes with its fair share of challenges. With the frequency and intensity of hurricanes projected to increase soon, we need to plant resilient and wind-resistant trees. According to various research findings, a well-maintained tree in the right place can shelter homes from harsh winds and debris.
Conversely, the wrong trees can cause costly property damage. As we plan for the future, we need to think about creating more storm-tolerant landscapes. In the same way we add hurricane straps and fortified roofs to our properties, we need to develop more resilient landscapes.
Contact the top Merritt Island tree service company for more information on choosing resilient and wind-resistant trees for your property.
What Makes a Tree Hurricane-Tolerant?
More often than not, native trees have superior tolerance to strong winds. These trees often boast features that make them less likely to fall during storms and hurricanes. The most storm-resistant trees feature thick trunks, low canopies, and strong, dense wood.
Native trees also typically mature slowly, developing tough wood that resists decay. Faster growing trees, like water oak and yellow poplar, have weaker wood that forms cavities and hollows. Finally, trees such as river birch and cypress catch less wind because of their smaller windsails (sparse foliage and pyramid-shaped canopies).
Design Features That Make for Wind-Tolerant Landscapes
Research shows that trees in dense forests sustain less damage overall than single trees or thinned forests. With that in mind, you should consider planting trees in groupings wherever possible. As you do so, don’t forget to leave ample space for proper root development.
You also want to avoid planting large trees in small spaces or compacted soils. Trees need deep, wide-spreading, and radially distributed roots to anchor properly. Finally, avoid planting trees within fifty feet of your home or utility lines as they may eventually cause property damage.
The Most Wind-Resistant Trees
If you plan to plant new trees, we can help you choose among the many tree species that can stand up well to high winds and resist wind damage.
Live oak trees feature dense foliage and broad canopies that make them classic shade trees. Live oaks can tolerate strong winds, as well as compacted soil, salt spray, and shade. They typically thrive on about four hours of sunshine per day.
People love southern magnolia trees for their gorgeous flowers and wind-resistant qualities. Southern magnolia trees like full sunlight, grow in just about any soil type, and can tolerate some flooding.
These strong, sturdy trees usually grow near streams and rivers, and they have a reputation for surviving hurricanes. Older trees feature massive, buttressed trunks that tend to develop in response to growing in soft, wet soil. However, you can still grow the bald cypress in dry locations. Their beauty makes them a great addition to any property.
The American beech is a sturdy hardwood tree that can withstand severe storm winds. These trees boast large, spreading crowns and attractive smooth-textured barks. They also require minimal pruning to thrive.
Remember that creating resilient landscapes requires much more than just tree selection. Train young trees to develop sturdy trunks and proper branch distribution by maintaining them regularly.
Get Better Wind Resistance With Redwine’s
Redwine’s Tree Service provides an extensive range of tree services. Get in touch today to learn more about our emergency storm service and request a free estimate. We will address tree damage after a storm and help you choose resilient and wind-resistant trees that will uphold a safe and presentable environment. Call 321-615-1427 any time for immediate service.