The Florida Forest Service said the uprooting, and defoliating of trees means there will be less carbon sequestration and oxygen production by trees.
Irma also sped up the death process by killing many weak and old trees.
So, the Forest Service is offering advice to Floridians looking to replacing trees damaged or destroyed by the storm.
“When landowners replace hurricane damaged trees,” said Senior Forester Calin Ionita, Florida Forest Service in a written statement. “They should select a high quality tree—either a Florida Fancy or a Florida Grade No. 1 -- determined as such by the Florida Grades and Standards. This quality rating is based upon trunk, branch, crown, leaf and root characteristics.”
Below are some of the BEST trees resistance to wind damage, according to the Florida Forest Service. These trees are less likely to lose limbs or blow over during hurricanes.
Some of the trees with the LEAST wind resistance are:
Experts say proper planting and care are just as important as tree selection. By making smart choices when you choose and plant new trees, you'll avoid costly damage later.