Cleaning up after storm damage and restoring your commercial landscape in Northern Illinois often goes beyond using a few rakes and garbage bags. Mother Nature sometimes deals harsh blows to Wauconda and the surrounding areas that Countryside Industries serves. It’s wise to have a landscape management plan in place to remove debris and deal with hazards such as fallen trees, that can turn cleanup into a dangerous situation. Storm-damaged landscapes may harbor a number of hazards, such as trees that may appear to be stable but are damaged, along with downed electrical lines. While it’s tempting to jump in and start the clean-up immediately, it’s best to let a professional team do the work. Here are some tips for making sure your clean-up is performed safely and properly.
Prioritize Tasks and Identify Hazards
Assess your property in daylight and prioritize cleanup by determining of access to entrances and exits and cars may be blocked. Look for unstable trees and limbs that may be suspended in tree canopies.
Use Caution When Working With Trees
Trees can cause damage or death as they can shift or roll during cutting or removal. Be aware that such shifts can happen during such work. Only individuals experienced with chainsaws and similar equipment should perform this type of heavy cleanup.
Assess Standing Trees
Once the most obvious hazards are removed, carefully assess remaining trees to see if they need stabilization and rebalancing. Look for structural damage that may not be immediately visible. Remove stable trees that may have suffered unsightly storm damage.
Prune Shrubs and Perennials
Smaller ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials often incur storm damage. These will need pruning and eventual assessment regarding the possible removal or replacement. Weigh recovery time and unsightliness against replacement cost.
Look for Problems with Water
Storms that produce torrential rain and produce soil erosion and may produce changes to site drainage. Flower beds may require regrading to avoid low spots. Standing water from rains and flooding can be a health hazards. Take precautions when removing standing water as it may contain fecal matter or industrial waste.
Contact us to learn about how Countryside Industries can help maintain a safe and secure landscape on your commercial properties.