Caring For Your Lawn After A Hurricane

With it being hurricane season here in Southwest Florida, and we are just a few short weeks post Hurricane Ian. Restoring life as it was before is in full swing. As life starts to get back to normal and people are back in their homes and life continues, you might start to see the effects of the salty storm surge waters the hurricane brought with it on your lawn. Maybe it’s brown and dyeing? Or you have patches of brown spots in your yard? Below are some tips from our pro’s here at American Allegiance Pest Control to help restore your Cape Coral lawn to the pre hurricane, green luscious yard you once had.

  • Clear debris off of your property ASAP. If not, it can result in preventable turf damage
  • Water you lawn
    • If your lawn was drenched with salt water, increasing the amount of clean water you treat your lawn with will prevent damage from excess saline
  • Turn off your irrigation system for a week or two and water the area yourself to make sure your lawn gets the right amount of moisture it needs.
  • Do NOT mow your lawn after a hurricane
    • It increases the spread of fungal lawn diseases
    • Creates ruts on saturated soil that will hinder the growth of new grass
    • Once your lawn is dry and you can mow it, you should consider mowing to the recommended height for the the type of grass you have. It’s important to note mowing your lawn lower than recommended may result in weed growth and increased insect activity
  • Hold off on fertilizing
    • Fertilizers have a high sodium content and so they can make matters worse after a saltwater flood
  • Balance the soil with gypsum
    • Gypsum is a powdery mineral that will displace all those salt particle and instead replace them with calcium. Make sure to water your lawn deeply after applying.

For further assistance restoring the life of your lawn, please give our team a call and let one of our lawn experts take care of any and all of your Fort Myers lawn care needs.