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Steps You Need to Take to Help Your Damaged Plants and Lawn


Our first reaction to make it all better is to water our grass and plants. Do not water unless the ground is close to dry. Watering damaged plants will encourage fungal and bacterial growth, which we want to avoid. Stick your finger in the soil and check for moisture. If it is moist, do not water yet. 

You can mow your grass if it is taller and needs to be mowed. Place your mower setting one setting lower; do not cut too short. Cutting too short will add stress to grass that’s already stressed from the freeze.

Do not fertilize your lawn until it is greened up and actively growing. That is when the grass can best absorb the fertilizer in its roots and benefit from the nutrients.  

Start removing the dead/damaged portion on your plants. Some examples below are: 

  1. If the plant is mushy (tropicals like ginger, Moses in the boatbird of paradise) trim back to firm stem or to ground. Watch video:  “Freeze Remedy: Initial Assessments”
  2. Plants like salvia, plumbago, firecracker plant, and flax lily, trim down to within 4” from ground.
  3. Plants like ixora, duranta, schefflera, hibiscus, and bougainvillea:  scratch trunk and trim back to where you see green in the cambium layer of the trunk (maybe to ground). 
  4. Philodendron – Watch video:  “Freeze Remedy: How To Save Philodendrons”
  5. Palms – Watch video:  “Freeze Remedy: Palm Trees”
  6. Citrus– if you scratch a branch and there is no green underneath you can remove it, but no hurry. Keep any suckers that arise from below the graft cut off, they will grow fast but produce sour fruit. If your tree is frozen all the way to the graft, fertilize with Citrus Tone now, May 1st, and September 15th to promote plenty of healthy regrowth from freeze damage.

We know it looks bad but we are here to help you get your landscape back as best we can. We are bringing in new, healthy plants from California, Florida and all over Texas. Our Texas growers learned from the 80’s freezes how to protect plants. 

Thank you for your questions on our websiteFacebookInstagram, on the phone, and in person! We will continue creating videos as we see the need and as always, we’re open 7 days a week to help you with your garden!

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  1. Cheryle Flournoy says

    I have two Norfolk pine that are about ten feet tall. Totally brown and shedding in high winds. They also have sap draining. How should I treat?

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