It goes without saying that a healthy lawn needs water to thrive. It’s also true that you can have too much of a good thing. Too much water can drown a lawn just like anything else and the longer the water sits around, the more extensive and expensive the problem gets. Recent flooding in the area has only reinforced this fact.
What’s the Damage?
So, what exactly can happen to a lawn if left with floodwater for a little while? Well, most types of turf can withstand standing water for a few days with no consequences. Problems start to arise after about four days.
If floodwater is allowed to stand, it can deprive a lawn of needed oxygen and light. Damage can also occur when there is hot water, water laced with pesticides or algae buildup. The biggest problem associated with flooding, though, is sediment buildup. If a flood covers a lawn in enough muck, it will choke the life out of it.
Once floodwaters have receded, it’s important to pick up any debris left on your lawn. Leftover debris can be a hazard to mower operators and may also damage equipment. Once debris is clear, you can accurately assess any damage. Any deposits of sediment will most likely need to dry before they can be removed, which can take two to three weeks. Once dry, use shovels or a water hose to clear out sediment.
If your lawn is covered in more than two inches of soil, though, it might be more prudent to just rototill the soil to create a new lawn.
We’ll do the Dirty Work
At TLC Total Lawn Care LLC, we’ll do our best to save and protect your lawn. Whether it’s cleaning up after a storm or helping create a whole new landscape, we’re here to cultivate your image and your lawn. Contact us online or call 800.796.8087 to get started.