Tips to get your lawn and yard back in shape after the freeze

HOUSTON – In a “normal” year, Houston area lawns would be looking lush, green and ready for Spring. However, last month’s freeze left our landscape looking brown and dead.

Many of you are wondering if there is any hope to revive your plants and shrubs, or if you’ll have to dig them up and start over. KPRC 2 consumer expert Amy Davis called on Houston’s best-known authority in horticulture to find out what you can do to bring them back to life.

Randy Lemmon has been hosting the Garden Line with Randy Lemmon radio show on KTRH News 740 for nearly 25 years.

He has been looking for signs of life all over the Gulf Coast region since the big freeze. According to Lemmon, you need to start cutting away all of the brown dead leaves and look for any green you can find.

“If you cut and cut and cut and you don’t see any green in the wood, then you gotta stop, you know it’s dead,” Lemmon said. “It has to come out and start over.”

Steps to recovery:

  • Get your pruning shears out and start cutting everything brown.
  • When you see green in the wood, stop cutting and start fertilizing. As for what type of fertilizer to use on different plants and lawns, check out Lemmon’s Gardenline with Randy Lemmon site. He has a ton of helpful information compiled.

“Focus on the fertilizer for the proper plant,” Lemmon advised. “And be aggressive with it this year because, if it is still alive, it’s gonna need as much food as possible.”


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