Whether you experienced heavy rain or flooding, depending on the damage it may only take days to repair, or you could end up waiting an entire season for it to recover. We have compiled some easy to follow steps to help get your yard looking happy and healthy again.
Before starting anything, be weary of serious risks of contamination from flood water and mosquito breeding sites. It’s best to assume anything that was in contact with flood water, is contaminated.
For your safety, cover up completely when working outside; wear rubber soled boots, long pants and a long sleeved shirt. When dealing with areas that may be contaminated, be sure to wear rubber gloves. Mosquito breeding sites develop in water-logged areas, so carefully tip out water and dry out any buckets, pot plant bases, tarps, palm fronds, roof gutters or any other containers within your yard to prevent breeding.
- Don’t use lawn until mud has completely dried out.
- Remove debris and clear away fallen trees.
- Allow grass to dry out and for sunlight to reach roots.
- Give lawn a trim after it’s dried out to remove excess silt.
- Ensure roots aren’t exposed by only cutting top third of grass.
- After a few weeks if lawn hasn’t show signs of revival – it’s time to think about ripping up and starting again.
- Avoid using fertiliser on lawn and garden until you see signs of active growth.
- Allow up to three or four weeks for the soil to repair before using any fertiliser.
- Check pH levels if lawn is too acidic and use seaweed booster to restore levels.
- Use garden lime as a disinfectant and for nourishing the area.
- Fertiliser will also encourage root growth, but only use half the amount.
- Before coming in contact with plants, you may want to spray bleach solution to prevent contamination.
- Test pH levels of garden soil and let it thoroughly air out.
- If top soil is missing add layer of fertiliser.
- Add a layer of mulch to cover any roots.
- Be sure not to over water the affected area.
- Throw out leafy veggies and summer crops like tomatoes and capsicums – they will have most likely rotted off anyway.
- Try composting remaining veggies so sunlight can decontaminate.
- Let plant foliage breathe by hosing off muddy residue.
- Prune back any damaged branches.
- Use stakes for plants pushed over by the weather, to promote growth and recovery.
- Remove sludge from top of potted plants and hanging baskets.
- Clear out drainage holes at bottom of pots to allow water to drain.
- Use garden lime over surface area of soil.
- Avoid watering until soil has almost dried out.