Yards and landscaping may be severely damaged by flood waters, and will take special care in order to be preserved.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) May 25, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water restoration services in the United States, is offering tips to homeowners on how to properly care for their yard following a flood or other major water damage event. Yards and landscaping may be severely damaged by flood waters, and will take special care in order to be preserved.
Yard damage occurs anytime there is too much water for the ground to effectively absorb. Once the ground becomes saturated, there is nowhere for the excess water to go, which means flood conditions occur. This may result in damage to grass, flowers, trees, and landscaping projects.
The first recommendation is to wait until the flood water recede and the ground is at least partially dried up before attempting to work on the problem. Walking across a flooded yard will not improve anything and may actually make the problem worse by causing further damage. Once some measure of drying is done and steps can be taken without shoes sinking into the ground, it is safe to proceed.
In the aftermath of a flood, there will no doubt be some debris that has washed into the area, and flood waters have a habit of turning up the oddest items. Everything from the neighbors grill to a propane tank from the gas station two blocks away...pretty much anything may be dislodged and deposited on the grounds of a neighboring home. In addition, silt is a common leftover from flood waters. This should be tilled into the ground in order to get rid of it.
The ground will also need to be properly aerated in order to allow water to get where it needs to be in order to keep the yard healthy and growing, Flood waters often compact the soil, making it difficult for the water to reach plants and root systems that need it, even though the ground is sufficiently wet.
Top soil may also need to be replaced in the form of compost or other healthy alternatives designed to encourage and spur the growth of plants and the health of damaged root systems.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water restoration in the country, with service in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.