Jacksonville, FL - We’ve had some drenching rain on the First Coast and another round of storms is coming in your weekend, but the soaking ground poses a big risk.
Downed trees have already destroyed several homes in Northeast Florida within the past few weeks. Just one week ago a trailer was cut in half in Green Cove Springs, a massive tree on the Southside caused damage a week before.
WOKV’s Home and Garden Expert Larry O’Neil says just because your yard has withstood the weather so far, doesn’t mean you’re in the clear.
“Trees normally don’t fall down or give way on the first storm,” he says.
O’Neil says you need to keep an eye on any dramatic change in the shape and symmetry of a tree, because wind damage weakens the trees, which eventually shake free with the soaking ground.
“They get damaged, they’re weakened, and then the second storm,” he says.
You should also keep an eye on the roots and bark. Check for any blackening, which O’Neil says is a sign of damage. He tells me you should also consider calling a specialist to examine the interior of your tree.
“Look for areas where they’ve had pruning, where there’s decay, the interior of the trunk can be completely hallowed out,” O’Neil says.
In addition to keeping an eye on the trees around your home, O’Neil says you should also consistently prune them. Also try to drain any standing water that pools around roots and causes rotting. If there’s any doubt, he says remove the tree or face the potentially damaging and costly consequences.
You can get more tips from Larry every Saturday on WOKV on the “Home & Garden Show” from 7-9 AM.