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6 Tips to Repair Your Miami Yard after a Hurricane

Posted on: October 12, 2016

Some Miami homeowners are still dealing with the aftermath of our latest hurricane, while others are considering what they would do in the future to protect their homes in the next one. While your landscape may be the last thing on your mind as you deal with the aftermath of the hurricane, it’s a good idea to give it a little attention, or at least prepare your yard before the next storm arrives.

1. Address the Lawn

One of the biggest problems associated with a hurricane is flooding, and because the flooding comes from saltwater in a coastal location, the damage to the lawn is extensive. Saltwater, when it saturates the soil, can pull the water out of the roots of the grass and kill it, creating extensive damage to landscaping in Miami. To prevent damage, make sure to remove all soaked debris and silt from the lawn and wash it down with fresh water. This may seem counterproductive when you’re recovering from flooding, but the fresh water will help remove some of the salt.

2. Remove Saturated Mulch

Like your lawn, the plants in your garden are damaged by salt water. Remove saturated mulch and replace it with fresh, dry mulch. This will help prevent unwanted and unnecessary exposure to salt water.

3. Use Gypsum

If you are still noticing damage from saltwater, consider adding gypsum to the soil. Gypsum removes sodium from the soil and can help restore the health of your plants. It also loosens clay soils. Add gypsum at a rate of 50 pounds per 1,000 square feet for the best effectiveness.

4. Replant After Testing

A hurricane may destroy some of your plants or parts of your lawn, and you may find yourself in a hurry to replant. Replanting is a good idea, but make sure you test the soil quality first. Adding new plants to soil that is still too damaged from saltwater is going to be a costly mistake, because the plants will die. If the soil is still too salty, use gypsum and compost to help change its makeup and make it safe for new plants.

5. Wait on the Fertilizer

Fertilizer has salt in it, so don’t fertilize after you replant your yard. Even with the steps you have taken, there’s a good chance the soil is still just a little salty, so you don’t want to add to the problem.

6. Consider Elements to Hurricane Proof Your Yard

In Miami, another hurricane is a good possibility, so you should consider replanting and repairing with a mind on the next potential hurricane. Planting grass that is resistant to damage from saltwater, for example, is a good choice. Adding elements to the landscaping that will encourage water to run off in a flood, rather than soaking into the soil, can also be beneficial .

Matthew may be a thing of the past, but now is the time to think about the next hurricane. As you consider landscaping in Miami, consider building some hurricane-proofing into your yard. If you are looking to redo your landscaping in Miami, contact the Habify team for expert help.

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