When summer arrives in all its glory, gardening seems like all fun and games for the first few weeks. However, for those living in comparatively humid, prone to heavy rainfall and hot regions it is not an easy task to maintain the perfect garden. Sometimes, heavy rainfall causes unexpected flooding of the garden patch, due to which all the hard work of the gardener needs to be started from scratch. One may think that they have no choice but to wait for the water to subside, but thankfully the accumulated water can be safely plumbed away.
Also, in humid climates, mold is one of the biggest enemies of your adored plants. Flooding accelerates the formation of mold due to the dampness it leaves. This mold has the tendency to not only damage your plants, but also your wooden patio, furniture and if the unthinkable happens-the walls of your home. There is also a chance of allergic reactions, toxic effects and pathogens entering your body due to different types of harmful molds. Hence, in case of garden flooding it is best to seek professional Water Damage Restoration which can combat damage at its very root.
If your garden has just started to recover from flooding or is likely to be affected soon, the following steps will help a great deal in order to reduce the effects of both flooding and mold:
- Digging ditches: Sensitive plants in your garden such as vegetables, ornamental plants and herbs cannot withstand water logging for an extended period of time. Hence, when the excessive rainfall is showing signs of a flood, dig a few furrows and ditches to accumulate the additional water there. It is even better to dig a canal that takes the water to a lower place or to a water body nearby.
- Know the symptoms: Right after you have arranged for the removal of flood water with the help of some professionals, scrutinize your plants thoroughly for the signs of water damage, including formation of mold, reduced leaf size, wilting, early yellowing, defoliation or leaf falling, leaf curling and downward pointing etc. In such a case, you must restore the nutrients of the soil by arranging for some light fertilizers.
- Plant mold control: Getting rid of post flood mold is a challenge in itself. If mold forms on your plants, you should clean the leaves with warm water and paper towels, frequently changing the towel as you go. This enables the plants to have some ‘breathing space’ again as you are cleaning up the leaves, helping photosynthesis.
- Removing mold from soil: Removing mold from soil is a challenge in itself. Mold formation in soil indicates prolonged flooding, not enough sunlight reaching the soil or damp climate. First of all, remove visible traces of mold from the soil by scooping off the parts. If there is too much to handle, you might want to consider an overhaul of soil by replacing the top layer.
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