Some Floridians are so used to hurricane season that they hardly give it a second thought. It’s true that most hurricanes won’t rip through your hometown, but the key is to prepare for the one that might.
Working outside in your yard? Don’t dismiss the importance of wearing protective clothing. Guard your head, feet, and body. Consider our suggestions for footwear, headgear, shirts, and pants that will keep you safe from the sun’s rays, biting insects, and flying debris.
Atlantic hurricane season is here, so get ready now. Evaluate your trees and address the vulnerable ones. You can do lesser preparations in the days before a storm.
Landscape lighting around homes and properties helps to discourage intruders—it’s harder to sneak unseen across an illuminated yard. It also prevents visitor accidents—people tripping on roots, steps, and pathway edges. Install lamp posts, floodlights, and solar-powered pathway lights.
Gardeners must stay hydrated, dress wisely, and take breaks when working outside in the summer heat. It is also important to be aware of dangerous snakes, spiders, and ticks found in Florida yards. Be careful when moving through brush or reaching into dark spaces.
Do you have a pet? Make sure your property is a secure and comfortable place for it—provide areas for running, patrolling, and going to the bathroom. Be aware of the many plants that are toxic to animals and stick with the plants that are safe.