Yard Cleanup After a Storm

The arrival of spring brings warmer days, blossoming flowers and lush grass. It's also a season for aggressive storms that can cause extensive damage to your lawn and landscaping.

In the aftermath of a storm, yards are often covered with fallen trees, broken branches, and scattered debris, leaving a giant mess for homeowners to clean up. Post-storm clean-up can present some risks, so it's important to take your time as you get your yard back to normal.

Here are some clean-up and safety tips to help you clean-up your yard after the storm subsides.

  • Check the area - Walk around your property to inspect the overall damage and take pictures as documentation. Check overhead for downed power lines and hanging branches. Never touch a power line that appears to be down or hanging. Instead, call your power company immediately to report the problem.
  • Wear protective gear - Eliminate injuries by dressing appropriately and using protective eyewear and durable gloves.
  • Clean-up takes time - After a severe storm, it's not uncommon for homeowners to be anxious to get things back to normal quickly. Prior to using a chainsaw or other outdoor power tools for clean-up, make sure to review the operator's manual and follow suggested guidelines to remove fallen trees. It may take days or months to clean up your yard after a storm. Take your time and take breaks when you feel tired or your muscles are fatigued.
  • Repair trees - Damage can increase a tree's susceptibility to insects and diseases. If trees show signs of damage, they should be properly treated to maintain their health. Pruning damaged branches can help restore the tree. You should also remove broken and hanging branches to ensure safety, plus prevent additional property damage. Try the TrimmerPlus® Add-On Pole Saw, which attaches to Troy-Bilt's attachment-capable string trimmers. It's great for pruning and cleaning up your trees and hedges.
  • Use the experts - More serious damage to trees should be treated by an arborist. This is especially important if extensive removal of large branches is required. As always, never try to remove branches or trees from utility lines. Let the professionals do it.
  • Waste disposal - Materials from fallen or salvaged trees can be used in several ways. The larger branches can be cut and used for firewood, while smaller branches and twigs can be used as kindling or added to the compost pile. Troy-Bilt's 3" Chipper Shredder can easily break down twigs, leaves, branches and other debris to be used for compost or mulch. Remember to review the operator's manual and always follow safety guidelines when working with equipment.
  • Replace plants and trees - Following yard clean-up, you may wish to start planting again. To help reduce future problems, make sure the plants being considered are hardy enough for the area. For trees, it is helpful to know the approximate size and shape of the tree when mature. This will help determine where to plant it to avoid interference with utility lines or branches rubbing against buildings.