Clean up Your Yard After a Spring Flood

In the spring, the combination of melting snow, partially frozen earth, and heavy rainfall add up to predictable flooding. This flooding can leave your basement and yard a mess.

When water gets into your house, your best course of action is to call a professional. Armed with the right tools and years of experience, trained professionals can make sure your basement gets dry and that repairs are made quickly and effectively. These professionals, like the experts at Dry Patrol, will also work to handle any claims with your insurance company saving you time and paperwork.

But what about your yard?

Yard flooding clean-up step

Cleaning up your yard after a flood is no easy task. However, there are simple, predictable steps you can take to make sure the work is done efficiently and completely.


First, drain all of the water that you can. Be sure to route that water to waste water and/or swerve runoff following the laws and rules of your community.

This might involve the use of a commercial pump you can rent at a farm supply or hardware store in your area. It could also involve digging a channel through a bed or small hill. If you’re going to be doing major repairs, this small inconvenience might speed things up dramatically.

Pay special attention to the work you do on the lowest spots – this will provide clues for what to do in later steps.


Second, draw out how you would like to use the yard in the future, and take note of how it got damaged this time. Pay special attention in your new drawing to where water gathered last, and where it drained first. The easiest solution is to work with the space you have, make use of your driest spots, and put extra drainage in your wettest spots.

Clean up

Third, remove standing debris and dead plants. Grasses will prove to be very resilient, so don’t rush to remove them right away, but obviously dead or dying bushes and trees are unlikely to recover and should go out in the cleanup phase.


The final step is to rebuild your backyard in accordance with the plans you’ve made. use new Landscaping features and add new drainage to be one step ahead the next time spring rolls around.

Bringing new soil and sod, new plants, and use mounds to help protect your most valuable greenery.

Then let time and sun do their work.

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