March arrives like a lion and leaves like a lamb

Excessive pruning and maintenance practices such as insufficient water and fertilizer cause loss of thousands of palms each year in Hawaii. Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today

We normally worry about hurricanes raising havoc from June through November, but some severe storms can occur almost any month, especially March. Trees, shrubs and other vegetation are the lungs of the planet, so the more the better especially in urban and suburban settings.