Proper pruning can minimize storm damage

Severe pruning like this is sometimes referred to as hat racking. This practice is very harsh thus can shorten the life of a tree and make it subject to disease and insect damage. (courtesy photo/Voltaire Moise)

In the past, hurricane season officially started June 1 and ended October 31. As our oceans began to warm in the 20th century, the ending date for the season was extended to November 30th. Even though we have had very few storms in our neighborhood over the last couple of years, 2023 is an El Nino year and could prove to be a problem.