…… goodnight Irene. I’ll see you in my dreams.” Huddie Ledbetter
Hurricane Irene has now come and gone in the Northeast, but her aftermath will be with us for months to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who are dealing with flooding and personal loss, and our deepest sympathies go out to the families of those whose lives she took.
We were extremely fortunate here in Wyckoff, NJ, to have experienced no damage, flooding, or power outages at our offices. As a result, we were able to get out bright and early Monday morning to help with the cleanup of literally hundreds of pounds of debris that had fallen onto our clients’ properties. Our neighbor towns, however, were not so fortunate – many of our customers are still without power, and many of their homes have been flooded, with waters in some areas still rising.Hurricanes are extremely rare in New Jersey, but Irene proved that we still need to prepare our homes and properties from nature. Even those of us who were not affected by flood waters from rising rivers and tides may have experienced water in the basement from heavy downpours. Right now is the perfect time to speak with a landscape professional about drainage options, while wet storage boxes and soggy furniture are in the forefront of your thinking. You will want to do all you can to prevent water damage to your home and property in the future. Our landscape designer, David Huber, has years of experience solving drainage issues of all kinds and will be happy to suggest the right option for you. Call him at 201-848-0022, ext. 205 or email him.
The majority of our cleanup focus this week is on property restoration, especially the removal of large tree limbs from yard areas. Here again, you can protect your property from future storms by having your large trees checked yearly. A good tree service will assess the health of your large trees and prune out any dead or dying tree limbs that can cause major damage should they be torn off the tree during high winds. A good time to have this done is in the late spring or early summer after the leaves are fully out, so that sick or dead branches can be more easily identified. You should also inspect your trees occasionally during the season so that you can spot any potential problem limbs and have them removed. The important thing is not to wait – I myself am guilty of looking at a dead tree limb in one of my backyard trees and thinking, ‘gee, I should have that taken care of’. That limb is precisely the one that will catapult through your swimming pool liner or through your neighbor’s custom designed garden window when winds reach 60 miles an hour. If you need a tree service in Bergen County, call us and we will be happy to recommend one we have found to be reliable.
Whether in stormy weather or on sunny days, our professional staff at Horizon Landscape Company has the experience to help you protect your property and to keep it looking beautiful all season long. If we can be of any help, email me! I would love to hear from you.