Typhoon season is on the horizon. Next to one's safety, securing your property to prevent or minimize damage is also a priority. Here's how to prepare your garden for a typhoon:
1. Check when the typhoon is due. Stay tuned to the news and take note of the strength of the typhoon in your area. Make your preparations days in advance.
2. If you grow fruits and vegetables in your garden, harvest them before the typhoon.
3. Bring in the plants that you can, prioritizing the delicate specimens or your prized and more expensive ones. Make sure you don't leave any hanging pots and plants, which can be dangerous amidst high winds.
4. Likewise, bring in what garden furniture you can. Don't leave behind any loose objects, which might turn into projectiles during the typhoon. Place your trash can indoors for the time being. If you have a swing set, remove the swings and stash them somewhere safe. If you have a wooden picnic table that's too big or bulky to take through the door, turn it upside down -- it's sturdier in that position. Take note of furniture or parts thereof that may have to be tied or anchored down.
5. Trim back trees, hedges, bushes, and large leafy plants. It's especially crucial to see to the trees in your yard. Check if they have branches that may get tangled in electrical and telephone lines in the street. If they do, notify Meralco to get their tree trimming team to cut the branches off. Cut off dead or rotting branches as well, as these may prove too frail to hold up against the high winds.
6. If you have any tall, potted plants, lay them down horizontally for the meantime. Keeping them upright during the typhoon increases the risk that they might topple over in the wind.
7. Stake young trees and plants that can snap in the wind. Choose thick, sturdy wood. Keep the stakes plunged deep into the ground, give or take several inches.
8. Close up and secure the doors and windows on any isolated garden structure, like the garden shed.
9. Make sure your drainage is clear of obstructions. Drainage should keep excess water off of your property.