At some point, however, you will have to deal with repairing the
flood damage to your garden. Do not postpone this unduly as timing is
critical in any flood damage restoration, and delaying it can constitute
a health risk to you and your family, especially to younger children.
Most water in flooding rivers, lakes, streams, seawater and oceans
contains at least some human or animal waste (and therefore pathogenic
contaminants). Time and heat can actually transform this slightly
contaminated Gray Water into heavily contaminated Black Water. The
longer floodwater remains in your garden, the more of a health risk it
becomes – especially when temperatures are warm.
brings with it a lot of impurities including germs and bacteria that can
be detrimental to the growth and development of fruits and vegetables
grown in your home garden. So, the most important thing to be kept in
mind is to always boil your fruits and vegetables before consuming them
to make them safe for eating.
Garden Restoration for Overall Safety
the ground of all potentially dangerous objects, including broken tree
branches, debris etc. Rent a shop vac to remove all debris from your
yard if you need to.
Wash plants with clean water, from the hose, to remove all traces of contaminated floodwater.
any containers where floodwater has collected (plant pots, buckets
etc). Even if your flood damage is caused by clean water (rain, for
example), the standing water will quickly become a breeding ground for
If you have a water feature in your garden (a pond,
for example), you should pump out the possibly contaminated floodwater
and replace it with clean water.
A central part of repairing your
garden is to replace soil nutrients that may have been washed away by
heavy flooding. If flowerbeds are still wet or soggy, the roots may be
exposed – be careful not to step on them. Cover up these exposed roots
with as much compost-enriched soil and mulch as you can.
hunting for snails and fire ants. They almost always invade flooded
yards and gardens. Look for snails in dark places such as under bricks,
boards, porches etc. Remove them by hand (wear gloves if you wish).
Snail poison is unnecessary and can harm pets or children. Use fire ant
bait if you discover infested spots, and make sure to follow label
Finally, remember that the bacteria in floodwater may
very well have contaminated fruits and vegetables picked from a flooded
garden. This is particularly true for leafy vegetables such as spinach.
Never eat produce from a flooded garden.
Your garden may take a
few weeks or a little more to completely recover from this catastrophe,
so don’t panic. Let your garden get rid of excess water to avoid the
damage to the roots. Providing your garden with compost, farm yard
manure or mushroom compost can help the earthworms to recover and in
turn, prove to be a major remedy in case of extreme flood or water
damage. Another vital hint is providing a dressing of calcified seaweed
which stimulates the proliferation of soil micro-organisms in the
plants. If you have plants in very low-lying areas, the recovery may be
take much more time. Potting these plants is the best solution for a