Action13: How to rescue your frozen plants after winter storm

Some of your plants could be in bad shape after the winter frost.

But before you cut everything down to the bottom, there are a few rules to keep in mind so you don’t get rid of a plant that is rebounding.

Plants aren’t cheap and the last thing you want to do is tear out something that will return to normal. You also don’t want to prune plants too early.

“We can relax a little on it. Take a deep breath, we don’t have to cut all of the brown yet,” said Randy Lemmon of GardenLine.

Lemmon knows that getting your yard back in shape is likely a weekend destination.

However, he says the wrong step is to rush to get rid of brown plants.

His first rule is to leave this brown crispy plant alone, at least until we’re sure there won’t be another frost.

Why? If you cut back the plant now and we freeze it again, the plant can be permanently damaged if left unprotected.

When you’re ready to trim, cut away the brown crispy pieces until you see green wood.

“For the next three or four weeks we can really start with an eagle eye to see if there’s cracks or rot, but I’ll just leave the brown and crispy things alone for a bit,” Lemmon said.

But if you have mushy or sticky plants, remove them. Cut the plant back almost to the ground where you will have a tiny bit of green material left. Cover that when we freeze again to protect the root system.

“We need to get rid of this as soon as possible because we don’t want the rot to cause fungal diseases,” Lemmon said.

Lemmon has nine rules for recovering from a freeze. Check them out on this page.

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