How to Save your Garden when Flood Damage Occurs

Do you experience frequent floods in your region? This can be frustrating, especially when you're an avid gardener. Protecting your garden can be difficult when floods occur.

Cleaning up the damage can also be a tricky task, particularly when you have sensitive plants that need special care.

If you've recently taken an interest in gardening and your backyard has been damaged by a flood, take a look at the short guide below to help you restore your garden. You'll see some damage won't be visible immediately, so it's important that you keep a close eye. After all, a garden can make any home look inviting, so you want to maintain the aesthetics of your landscape regularly.

How Floods can Destroy Your Garden

High standing water can damage your garden in the following ways:

Suffocate the roots of your plants and kill them

Expose your plants to chemical compounds that can saturate the soil

Dirty water produces fungal growth in your garden that can be toxic to you and your plants

The amount of damage you have to repair will depend on the type of plants in your garden. If you have succulents and shrubbery they can be more resistant to flood damage. But vegetable patches may need to be replaced as the dirty water can sap the nutrients out of the soil.

It’s important that you don’t plant vegetable seeds right away after you’ve removed flooded water as the soil may be toxic. Instead, fill your garden with clean soil before planting seeds so they can thrive.

Clean Up and Restoration Services

Water damage can be difficult to clean up yourself so using restoration services can be a lifesaver. A restoration company has professional teams with specialized equipment that make short work of removing large amounts of water at a time.

If your garden is flooded, read more at about cleaning up after water damage and reconstructing landscapes. 

How to Clean Your Plants after Water Damage

If you have potted plants they’ll be easier to clean than flower beds or vegetable patches. Remove the plants from the pot and throw away the saturated soil. Clean the plants' roots with warm water and place them in clean pots with new soil.

To save your vegetable patch, dig ditches and burrows to drain some of the standing water out of the beds. After you’ve removed most of the water, wash any mud off of your plants thoroughly. Dry weather will be beneficial as it will evaporate excess water from your plants.

Watch your plants for any die-back so you can prune them to allow new growth to occur. Then sprinkle some fertilizer into your garden to restore nutrients. 

Final Tips

If you experience frequent floods, then you’ll want to take preventative measures. Install a proper drainage system in your garden so water can flow out of the beds during floods.

Protect your garden against floods and opt for high rise garden beds instead of flat landscapes. High rise garden beds can improve the aesthetics of your garden and increase your curb appeal.

So don’t let a flood stop you from enjoying your gardening. Simply take precautions and know how to protect your plants during storms and floods. 


Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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