14 Comments on “Freeze Remedy: Initial Assessments”

  1. I have a pretty big bird of paradise planted in ground and it looks pretty brown all over. What should I do?

  2. Are you going to do anything on hibiscus? Most of mine are not showing any good green color all the way to the soil. Should I give it some time?

  3. Hi, we have a mature Jacaranda tree in a backyard on Furman Ave that is at least 40 feet tall. It is on the south side of the lot. The tree is “bleeding” from the upper limbs, dropping wet sap onto the ground. There is also some leakage from the main trunks in areas. Do we watch for the bleeding to stop? Should we make plans to have the tree trimmed back? Have we lost the tree?

    1. Unprecedented event, so we don’t know how much damage. Might as well wait to see where healthy sprouts arise, could be halfway up, more likely all the way back to the ground.

  4. I have two vibernum bushes whose leaves are dark brown/ black, and they smell really bad. Should we trim them down, or are they dead? Thanks in advance for the feedback.

  5. Per my OD doctor, Jimmy is in need of eye protection when he is cutting.

    Oh, by the way, what about the varieties of palms that have gotten blasted due to the big freeze?
    Suggestions? Which species will make it, which won’t?


    1. We just stressed at this mornings landscape crew meeting that all crews were to have safety glasses aboard, and used. I think royals, foxtail, bottle palm are all toast. Queens palm and pygmy date palm will have large % losses. Mexican fan palms, guessing 60-80% survival. Texas and florida sabal, chinese and mediterranean fan palm, golden.

    1. Back in the 50s 60s 70s 80s, yards turn brown every winter because we would have a hard freeze maybe not quite as hard as this one but still a hard freeze. It’s just the last 20 years that we have gone without a freeze and the lawn has been green. So brown is not unusual or unexpected and it’s not a sign that the lawn needs water. Unless the ground is totally dry it’s better not to water as that could encourage fungus. You will mow the lawn maybe just one setting lower than usual and then wait until the soil is warm enough to start growth, at that time then you will resume with watering and do your first fertilization

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