Basic Recovery Practices
Minimizing Hurricane Damage to Citrus Trees
- Establish drainage
- Assess damage
- Reset, clear and re-establish irrigation
- Fertilizer practices
- Fruit handling
What we learned from Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne during the fall of 2004.
- Tree health: Well maintained trees that were healthy before the storm weathered the winds better than weak trees and branches. Deeply rooted trees suffered less damage than shallow rooted trees. Small young trees were less damaged than larger older trees.
- Tree size control: Trees that were recently hedged and topped suffered less damage than tall overgrown trees. Regular hedging programs may be good insurance against hurricane damage ( Crane et al. 1994 ).
- Planning for hazards and emergencies. Fill liquid tanks ( Rouse 2001 ) Have some kind of insurance. Catastrophic insurance has limited coverage but inexpensive.