Spring is a beautiful season when we experience nature returning to life after a cold winter. However, spring can bring severe weather, like heavy rains, high-speed winds, and thunderstorms, causing unprecedented damage.
The damages can leave your yard in total disarray with fallen branches, debris, and sometimes even uprooted trees. Removing and cleaning up the mess after the spring storm can be challenging. Fortunately, there are essential tips on how to make the yard cleanup.
This article will look at how you can achieve the best results to make a yard cleanup after a spring storm easier.
Firstly, you should ensure your family, animals, pets, and anyone around you are safe. Secondly, ensure that you have safety gear like gloves, sturdy shoes, and even eye protection gear before you begin the cleanup process.
Take a quick preliminary survey of the yard. If you notice any fallen power lines, gas leaks, or other hazardous material, contact your local utility company, professional cleanup services, or emergency services near you to remove them.
Attempting to do it yourself can result in even more harm and pose a health risk.
Assess the Damage and Take Photos for Insurance Purposes
After ensuring everyone is safe and with the proper safety gear on, you can now assess the extent of the damage caused by the spring storm in your yard.
You are advised to take pictures of damage, especially on your insured properties, for purposes of insurance claims. Doing this will be crucial if you need to file an insurance claim.
Gather Your Tools and Remove the Debris
After assessing the damage, you are ready to start the cleanup process. Gather the tools and equipment you require to remove the debris. You may need safety glasses, a rake, a shovel, and trash bags.
If you need a chainsaw and have the requisite skills to use it, ensure it is in good condition before using it, the same as all the other tools, machines, and equipment. You may have other valuable tools and equipment depending on your need.
You can start by picking up smaller branches detached from the main trunks. Also, twigs that are fallen and put in a pile for disposal. The rake helps gather leaves and other smaller debris. In this situation, always separate any recyclables, like cardboard or paper.
It would help if you keep the debris neatly in a pile as they await disposal. You can consider hiring or renting a dumpster if you have a lot of debris and massive damage. You can alternatively contact a yard waste removal service.
Hire a Professional Arborist
If by any chance, you have large trees that fell or are damaged, it is highly recommended that you consider hiring a professional arborist’s tree removal company. The big trees require specialized equipment and training to remove. Importantly, ensure the company you hire is licensed, insured, and has a good record of delivering high-quality cleanup services.
Prevent Future Damage
Once the cleanup exercise is completed, trim your trees regularly and remove dead and damaged, overhanging branches or diseased branches that can fall easily. If you can, you can also install storm shutters to reinforce the roofs and reinforce weak trees to reduce future risks.
In conclusion, cleanup work can be daunting after a spring storm, but as we have seen, with the tips discussed above, you can make the process easier and more efficient. Remember to prioritize safety, even as you work to keep your yard beautiful and safe.