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Let’s cut through all the noise out there and see the BEST post-freeze tips for Houston and the Gulf Coast from Houston garden consultant and expert landscaper, Garden Guy. Oh, and he’s also an Aggie Horticulturist!
Garden Guy Todd Farber, Aggie Horticulturist and owner of Sugar Land’s most successful landscaping company, along with his wife, Garden Gal, dish out just what you need to know to access your landscaping and plants post-freeze right here.
“On the woody ornamentals do the scratch test. Scratch the stem and see if it’s green. Using your fingernail, or a small knife or anything sharp, scratch some bark of the dead-looking part of the plant. If you see green, the plant is alive and will hopefully flush out new growth in the spring, advises Garden Guy.“
If it is brown, you can trim back the stems that are brown and wait for new growth to come.
“Be patient with your woody ornamentals if you find green in the stems. Cut back the plant with sharp pruning shears and then wait for it to flush out again, quipped Garden Guy.”
If you feel like too much of the plant is brown and you don’t want to wait for it to grow back, you can, of course, replace it with a new plant too, he added.