These steps should be taken before and after any casualty loss to your trees and landscape. Taking them can improve the value of your investment in nature’s green, growing gifts and prevent financial loss should they be damaged or destroyed.

  1. Plan your landscaping for both beauty and functional value.
  2. Protect and preserve to maintain value.
  3. Take pictures of trees and other landscape plants now while they are healthy and vigorous. Pictures make “before and after” comparisons easier and expedite the processing of insurance claims or deductions for losses on federal tax forms.
  4. Check your insurance. In most cases, the amount of an allowable claim for any one tree or shrub is a maximum of $500.
  5. For insurance, legal, and income tax purposes, keep accurate records of your landscape and real estate appraisals on any losses.
  6. Consult your local Plant Health Care professional at every stage in the life cycle of your landscape (planning, planting, care) and to make sure you do not suffer needless financial loss when a casualty strikes.