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Advice following the recent freeze

Posted by dibbit z7b SC ( on
Thu, Apr 12, 07 at 21:12

I was asked by another member to post this here. Hope it helps you.

The latest from the Master Gardeners/Polk County Extension agent is to wait at LEAST 3 weeks after the frost before pruning out any "dead" stuff from your woody plants (trees and shrubs) - 4 weeks would be safer. Then cut back until you get live wood - i.e.; the cambium layer just under the bark is green. If you REALLY can't stand looking at them, then you can carefully take off the dead leaves, but be REALLY careful not to damage the buds that will be the source of the new leaves - do it SOON, before the new buds start growing. Perennials, on the other hand, you can clean up now. Water if the ground is dry, DO NOT FERTILIZE, and keep a close eye on the plants that had to leaf out again, as they should now be considered stressed, and thus prone to disease and bugs in the next summer.

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RE: Advice following the recent freeze

See the advice in the "wholesale slaughter" post. I think you'll find lots of advice in there regarding this.

RE: Advice following the recent freeze

Thank you dibbit for posting this!

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