Will a flooded garden kill my plants?

A flooded garden can potentially kill plants, as standing water can deprive the plants of oxygen and cause their roots to rot. In addition, excess water can wash away soil, leading to erosion and undermining the stability of the plants.

However, not all plants are equally sensitive to flooding. Some plants, such as those with thick, fleshy roots or those that are native to wetland environments, are more tolerant of wet soil conditions and may be able to survive brief periods of flooding. Other plants may be more sensitive to excess water and may be more prone to death or damage.

To prevent flooding from killing your plants, it is important to take steps to manage excess water and improve the drainage of your garden. This could involve installing drainage channels, such as French drains or trenches, to collect and channel excess water away from the garden. It may also be helpful to plant species that are more tolerant of wet soil conditions and to raise the grade or elevation of the garden to allow water to drain away more easily.

If your garden has already been flooded, it is important to assess the damage to your plants and take steps to protect and support them as needed. This could involve removing any dead or damaged plants, providing additional watering and care to stressed plants, and taking other measures to improve the health and vitality of the garden.