Assessing & Treating Cold Damage
Assessing Cold Damage
Lightly scratch the bark of your trees/shrubs and look for fresh, lighter-colored wood. If you scratch the branch and the color is the same underneath, then it is likely dead from the damage. This picture is an example of a healthy plant.
If your trees/shrubs were damaged by the freeze, they probably dropped a lot of leaves or have a lot of brown spots. This is completely normal. Since spring has sprung, you are probably noticing some new growth!
Know When It's Time
Time to Prune
Cut away any broken or dead branches so they have a clean cut to heal properly. You can also pull off any damaged leaves.
Once a plant starts putting out new foliage, start a fertilizing program with an all-purpose fertilizer to improve root health.