You don’t have to be a landscape designer in NJ to understand the level of destruction wrought by Superstorm Sandy. The abject horror on the faces of our own family and friends is enough. Like most Monmouth County landscaping companies, our primary concern for the last few weeks has been (literally) picking up the debris left in her wake, to help alleviate some of the tension and stress associated with the rebuilding process.
But at Jersey Landscaping, LLC we believe in the power of being “Jersey Strong.” Hurricane Sandy may have knocked us down, but we ain’t licked yet.
If you’re ready to start rebuilding your home, we have some ideas that can help reinstate the normality you crave.
- Fast growing shade trees. The amount of trees that came down in the storm is almost sickening — especially for NJ, the Garden State. Planting fast growing shade trees is an easy way to replace what was lost, and help increase the value of your home to pre-storm conditions.
- Full submersion flowers. If you live in an area that’s prone to flooding, consider flowers that thrive in both wet and dry soil. New England aster thrives in both conditions, and attracts monarch butterflies as an added bonus.
- Hardy shrubs and grasses. Some flowers and plants are able to withstand high winds and excessive waters because they’re designed to do so, either because of genetics or because of cultivation efforts. Speak with a Monmouth County landscaping company for ideas.
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One of the many things we’ve learned in the wake of Hurricane Sandy is that how you landscape is just as important as what you landscape. And while any landscape designer in NJ can speak to the importance of using natural materials and flora, we think that a better way to protect your home comes from the actual design itself.
- Plant in clusters. There is evidence that planting different species of trees in groups increases their wind resistance. The trees will buffer one another, and in doing so help protect your home.
- Size always matters. We know that beautiful, sweeping oak trees look great when they line the road. We also know that they can keep you from leaving your home for three or four days if they crash into the road. Plant smaller trees with a more flexible makeup (like weeping willows) that won’t affect power lines if they fall over.
- Stay away from your home. After Hurricane Sandy, we saw a lot of homes where trees came straight down on the roof. When you plant your fast growing shade trees, make sure there’s ample space between them and your home. If your yard is a bit smaller, choose smaller trees and plant them farther away.
- Regularly prune your landscaping. Speak with a local landscape designer in NJ to find out how often you should be pruning your trees and shrubs. Regular maintenance removes dead and dry limbs, and can eliminate diseased plants. If your landscaping is healthy, it will withstand storms better.
At Jersey Landscaping, LLC we know you might feel a little overwhelmed by the recovery process. We also know that many of you may be more concerned with fixing your buckled floors than with replanting your landscapes. But as a Monmouth County landscaping company that’s been a part of the recovery from the beginning, we ask that you start thinking about your plants sooner than later. A brand new landscape design might not seem like a top priority, but it can help save you money in the wake of the next storm.
From all of us to all of you, we wish you a speedy and safe recovery.