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Flooding And Its Effect On Your Landscape

Bruce Schultz
LSU AgCenter

After dodging the bullet with the short-lived Hurricane Barry, we analyze the difference between freshwater flooding and salt water flooding and how aspects of those two different types of flooding can have different impacts on your landscapes.

Freshwater flooding is typically a result of excessive rainfall. Salt water flooding is generally limited to coastal areas as a result of stormwater surges from hurricanes. Freshwater flooding affects plants by saturating the soil. Plant roots need oxygen from space in the soil, and saturating the soil deprives the roots of oxygen. Plants my start to wilt in soil saturated with water.