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Reverse Backyard Garden Water Damage

4 July 2023

Monnick Supply - Damaged Lawn

Transfer Select Crops to Pots to Allow for Controlled Drying

What if simply letting your garden dry naturally after overwatering isn’t an option? For instance, you have discovered that further rain is expected in the forecast or that recently your garden was literally flooded with water. You can always select the crops that you highly value, transfer them to pots, and then move them inside (i.e in a garage) during rain to allow them to truly recover.

Create a Trench Along Your Garden’s Perimeter to Prevent Additional Flooding

If your garden has recently received a large amount of rain and you’re expecting more, you may need to create a plan to prevent oversaturated soil conditions. As with anything in gardening, it’s always best to try to solve an issue before it becomes an emergency. One option is to create a trench along your garden’s perimeter to channel away excess rain water from your plants.

Do Not Till Your Garden When the Soil is Wet

As discussed earlier, excess water occupies pockets in the soil and limits the amount of oxygen available to your plants. Because of this, you may be tempted to go in and till your garden soil after a huge rainfall to create more pockets for air to go into. Do not do this! Tilling wet soil actually ends up compacting the soil, rather than loosening it up. In fact, this action will press soil particles together, creating even less space for oxygen!

Lightly Fertilize the Top of Your Garden Soil

If your garden recently went through a heavy rain and has become overwatered, consider adding fertilizer and organic matter to your garden.

It’s not unusual for nutrients to be washed away by a heavy rain or flooding. By sprinkling fertilizer on the top of the soil, you’re adding these nutrients back to your soil.

Also, consider adding organic matter, such as compost or manure, to your soil. Organic matter does the following two things to help overwatered soil:

Organic matter acts as a sponge by naturally soaking up water and storing it for future and long-term use. Basically, organic matter will increase the natural absorbability of your soil and thus decrease the pooling of water around your plants’ roots.



Marlborough Store

135 Maple Street,
Marlborough, MA
Call (508) 318-4788


Mon-Sat 7:00am to 5:00pm

Framingham Store

759 Waverly Street,
Framingham, MA
Call (508) 386-9876


Mon-Sat 7:00am to 5:00pm

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135 Maple St.
Marlborough MA 01752
United States
(508) 318-4788
Mon-Fri 7am - 6pm
Sat 7am - 5:30pm
Sun 12pm - 4pm
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759 Waverly St.
Framingham MA 01702
United States
(508) 386-9876
Mon-Fri 7am - 6pm
Sat 8am - 5:30pm
Sun 10am - 4pm