Many East Coast residents are concerned about the potential of salt contamination from either flooding or storm surges caused by Hurricane Sandy. The University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System reports the amount of damage done to plants will depend on the salinity of the water, how long the plants were in contact with it, and to some extent on plant species.
The best way to counteract the desiccation caused by salts is to leach them out with fresh water. Plants situated in low lying, poorly drained or heavily flooded areas are most susceptible to damage. Chances are plants in these areas will die and these areas will need to be replanted in the spring. The salts are expected to leach out over the winter. Gypsum is not especially effective in reducing salt damage except in limited circumstances.
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