After The Storm
Hopefully, everyone is safe and recovering after this extreme hundred year storm.
We’ve been asked about things you can do for your lawn and yard, after getting your life back in order.
Make sure to pick up broken branches, and begin to clean-up of twigs and leaves from your yard.
If you have experienced flooding, especially from salt or brackish water, your trees and shrubs will
probably have a high concentration of salt, which can also damage lawn areas.
The best solution to dissolve the salt and percolate it through the soil would be to apply Gypsum, or CaS
(Calcium sulphate) to your lawn and around trees and shrubs. One application may not be enough, (a second application may be necessary in a couple of weeks, weather providing) nor is it a guarantee that the gypsum will resolve your situation.
Another alternative plan, is to wait until the salt water has left your yard\shrubs\trees, and slowly begin to run your sprinkler\soaker hoses to help dilute the salt.
We recommend delaying the application if your ground is still covered by water, or if the ground is saturated. The water table is high and you will need to be patient and wait for the water to work its way through the soil.
We will probably have to wait until spring to realize how many lawns, trees and shrubs will rebound and return to life. It looks like we are in for a snowy winter, which will be beneficial in the recovery process, as my Dad once said snow and rain are poor man’s fertilizer.
What a difference a year makes, just think back to the deluge of snow we had this time last year. The poor plants might just need therapy if this weather continues, and there’s not a thing we can do about it. But, winter is not over yet and February and March can be a bear, and don’t forget April snows we’ve had in the past. We have a theory that our weather calendar has been moved up a notch, so anything can happen.
This weather pattern tests our patience and eagerness to start seeds and look forward to an early spring. Beware of the Ides of March, our normal planting season start date; even the poor pansies shiver at the thought of exposure to obscene weather conditions.
So, be patient, don’t get too anxious to get ahead and start those tomato plants, even if you can taste them by looking at the seed packet photo. Nature has a way of making up for bad weather and we tend to rush the season. The later you plant warm season plants, the better they do! Think Warm soil, Hot sunshine, Dry days!
Ok, so your power is out, your TV doesn’t work, and if you have an electric stove, no coffee. Now your gas grill has a daily obligation for some grilled delicacies from your freezer selection. Keep the faith; it will probably be a while for some folks, since there is excessive tree damage and lots of downed lines.
So, what should you do with all your downtime in your yard? Avoid downed lines, just to be safe. Prune any broken branches on your manageable trees and shrubs. Wait until your perennials and vegetable plants dry off before pruning or staking them. Pick up all fruit on the ground, your green tomatoes will still ripen on your window sill.
Keep off your lawn if possible, except to remove debris and fallen leaves. You have plenty of time to cut your lawn later in the week. Delay applying fall fertilizer, new seed or running equipment over the soggy soil. We received a months’ worth of precipitation in the last day or so. Turn off your sprinkler systems if you are lucky to have not lost your power.
Be patient and smart, it’s not the end of the world. Plants are very resilient and need a drying out period to recover to pre storm conditions. We will be bringing in mums and assorted fall flowers for the Labor Day weekend. As we experienced last year, the hot weather has delayed bud set and bloom by at least two weeks.
A landscaping note, if you are in need of a tree or shrub that you have lost in the storm, we have a tremendous supply of mature trees and shrubs for planting this fall. Fall is really the best time to plant any of your favorite trees or shrubs. Fall is also the best time to renovate your lawn if needed.
Stop in for all your planting needs, we have anything you need to fix up your yard and the best advice in the business.
Hoping everyone fared well through this storm.
The Ganim family and staff.