Landscaping companies in Minot, North Dakota, are expecting to see big increases in business in the coming weeks as homeowners begin to repair the areas around their homes after last year’s flood.

Many homeowners who have been focused on repairing their homes damaged after flooding last year are now beginning to look at their lawns, most of which were covered in silt, mud and weeds. The flooding destroyed much of the grass and shrubbery around 4,000 homes in the flood zone. 

Landscape companies are telling consumers to make contact early, as they are expecting to see heavy demand in the coming weeks. One of the main problems they are seeing: out-of-control weeds.

Experts are advising residents to essentially treat grass as they would any other crop, and offering the options of seeding, sod or hydro-turf.