Save Your Garden – Post Flooding
Following the horrendous flooding we have suffered in the area throughout February our gardens have taken a beating. Here at Ian’s property maintenance, we thought we should share some much-needed advice about how to rescue your flooded garden, and what you should consider if this happens again.
2020 started with a bang weather-wise, with several storms hitting the country in quick succession. Starting with Storm Brendan in early January and swiftly followed by Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis in February. The effect of each of these storms was wide-reaching and, in parts of the country, devastating. Some parts of the UK saw more than a month’s worth of rain over just 48 hours, leaving gardens completely ruined.
Tips – What not to do
- Don’t work wet soil – working completely saturated soil compresses particles which can cause drainage issues later.
- Don’t prune – the leaves of plants that have been over-saturated with water may turn yellow and drop off. Give these branches time to form new buds, and make sure they are completely dead before pruning. Do remove any that have dropped off to avoid them rotting around your plant.
- Don’t replant straight away – flooded soil will have an imbalance of microbes, meaning that plants may not be receiving sufficient nutrients. Many seeds will also rot in boggy soils.
Tips – What to do
- Fertilize – A light application of fertiliser will replace microbes in the soil that have washed away. Do NOT over-fertilize as this can increase the stress on the plant. It is better to lightly fertilize a few times than all in one go.
- Make an action plan – Take note of any affected areas and ensure that you plan to assess any damage once the flooding is gone. If there is a chance flooding will reoccur, make a plan to address what you can do in that area
- Tackle pests and fungus – Following flooding, plants are more susceptible to fungus and pests. Ensure you treat with organic-approved pesticides and fungicides.
Flood prone zone
If you know your garden is in a flood-prone zone you may regularly suffer with the loss of beautiful plants – or you may avoid planting at all so as not to deal with the devastation. There are things you can do to bring personality to your garden, even if it is likely to flood again.
Here are a couple of steps you can take:
- Add raised beds to your garden – by adding raised beds you can ensure that you add sufficient drainage to the base this means that excess water can drain through the soil, leaving your plants with healthy soil at the top.
- Sufficient drainage – by limiting paved areas, which reduce drainage and usually drain straight onto soiled and grassy areas, there will be a larger area to soak up and drain the rainwater.
- More roots – roots help to drain excess water through the soil, trees and shrubs are particularly good for this.
Don’t forget to collect your rainwater! When we do have drier months, we know this is rare in the UK, we need to ensure that we are watering our plants. By collecting rainwater in wetter times, you can ensure that plants are getting the best water that they can.
Here at Ian’s Property Maintenance, we have an abundance of knowledge that we can use to restore your garden to its former glory. Or a re-design if that’s what you are looking for! Please contact us to discuss how we can help you. Take a look at our gardening page for more information.