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Tips for Creating a Hurricane-Tolerant Landscape

landscape garden center, tampa flA hurricane hits Florida once about every 3 years, and Floridians can minimize storm damage by creating a hurricane-tolerant landscape. Landscaping for hurricane preparedness helps to keep your home and family safer, in addition to improving the chances that your plants will survive. Cypress Creek Landscape Supply has the inventory to support your plans for creating a hurricane-tolerant landscape. Check out the following tips for creating a landscape with a high tolerance for surviving a hurricane.

Salt-Tolerant Greenery

During hurricanes, tiny droplets of salty water are dispersed through the air. The impact of salt spray from waves on plant growth along coastal areas can be significant. For your yard in the Tampa FL area, you may want to
choose plants that are salt-tolerant on their leaves, stems, and roots.

The salt spray from hurricanes is notorious for destroying pristine landscapes. With the right strategy, a passing hurricane can have minimal impact on your landscape. The following are a few examples of plants that you can choose so that your landscape stands up to the threat of salt spray:

  • Large Trees: Willow Oak, Eastern Red Cedar, Live Oak, and Southern Magnolia
  • Small trees: Japanese Black Pine, Wax Myrtles, Yaupon, and Sand Live Oak
  • Palms: Cabbage Palm, Saw Palmetto, and Dwarf Palmetto
  • Shrubs: Rosemary, Ucca, Oleander, and Rugosa Rose
  • Grasses: Pampus grass, sand cordgrass, maiden grass, lyme grass

Prune with Hurricanes in Mind

Pruning is an excellent way to maintain a stunning landscape, but it is also part of a prevention strategy to keep down the amount of property damage resulting from a hurricane. On a regular basis, prune your shrubs and trees. Trim off damaged, dead, and diseased tree limbs as well as those in close proximity to power lines or that are near your home.

Give your shrubs a lower profile by pruning them. This also reduces the impact of wind on the plants.

When it comes to trees, cutting dead limbs and ensuring that they are not unbalanced can help to prevent property damage during a hurricane. Benefits of proper pruning include:

  • Reducing wind drag
  • Reducing the risk of falling trees
  • Strengthening the health of your trees

Use Soft Mulch

mulch in bulk, tampa bay flMulching is a crucial component of the perfect landscape. In a hurricane-prone area like Florida, using soft mulch can help reduce the amount of property damage you experience. If, for instance, you use small stones or pea gravel as mulch, hurricane-force winds can easily pick up these parts of your landscaping and break windows in your car or home. Pea gravel and pebbles can even damage home siding.

Wind-Resistant Trees

Much damage can be avoided if the types of trees that you plant are wind resistant. Obviously, the last thing anyone wants is for one of their trees to slam through a window or the roof. Wind-resistant trees with high hurricane survival rates include pygmy date, manila, and sabal palms; gumbo limbo; sea grape; and live oak.


Visit Cypress Creek Landscape Supply for the plants and supplies needed to create a hurricane-tolerant landscape. Our friendly experts can help you make good plant choices for a wind-resistant landscape. We have everything you need for gardening, landscaping, and creating the outdoor space of your dreams Visit Cypress Creek Landscape Supply today at 12734 N. Florida Ave. and give us a call anytime during business hours at (813) 933-7944 in Tampa FL.