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How to revive your plants after a major freeze

Protect your Plants, Pets and Elderly People Tonight from the Cold
Posted at 6:13 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 19:59:15-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The freezing weather has created icy street conditions, power outages for days, and for some folks, no running water.

But what about your plants? You may have noticed how it can be an eyesore driving home looking around and seeing dead plants.

However, there are ways to revive nature such as cutting off rotten substances that come from the plants.

"Some plants have a lot of water in the stems and leaves and so you get a mushy type material. We always want to cut the mush off right away,” said executive director of the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center Dr. Michael Womack.

Womack says palm trees can be tricky, but if you see palms facing down, it’s okay to cut that and leave the stub.

Dr. Womack says for homeowners, if your grass looks a little brown, keep watering it and remember it’s going to take some time before that green comes back.

“Wait to fertilize, you don’t want to fertilize grass until it is actively growing which is probably going to be late March or April, even later than usual this year,” said Womack.

Experts say throughout this process perseverance is key.

“I think a great tip is to just be patient, give it some time, see what comes back because if you let a plant come back from a healthy root system it’s going to be a stronger and healthier plant later than just planting a new one,” said Womack.