Herndon, VA, September 16, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- As hurricane season begins to impact the United States, the Professional Landcare Network reminds consumers how to select a landscape, lawn care, or tree care company to help with prevention and after-storm cleanup.
PLANET recommends the following tips for after-storm cleanup:
· Be sure to verify that the damage is actually on your property before you act. The debris may be on an adjacent property or within the town or city jurisdiction.
· Steer away from individuals and look for bonded, insured companies.
· Research any company you’re considering hiring. Look at online reviews, check their rating with the Better Business Bureau, and ask for references in your area.
· Don’t let a company drive your decision. If someone tells you the situation is urgent, get a second opinion.
Most important, consumers should be proactive and take steps to prevent storm damage, including lightening protection for large trees or trees that are close to buildings. Consumers should have trees and shrubs pruned regularly. Removal of dead wood and weak branches before a storm can help to minimize damage. Trees should be inspected regularly, particularly if they appear to be compromised with weak limbs. Trees that could pose a risk can appear normal or have a few dying branches. A specialist will be able to fully assess the condition of trees and landscaped areas and determine if cabling, bracing, or pruning would help ensure they can withstand strong winds and rain.
To find a PLANET professional in your area, visit LandcareNetwork.org/findaprofessional, or call 800- 395-2522.
PLANET is the association of members who create and maintain the quality of life in communities across America. With more than 3,500 member companies and affiliates, these firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals. Some of these professionals have taken the extra step of becoming certified through PLANET and bear the distinction of being known as Landscape Industry Certified.