So, you had a cold snap. Okay, maybe a minor ice age. Your yard has taken a real beating. The grass is all brown. Trees have broken limbs. Your palms and flowers are shot. How do you get it all back in order? Here are a few simple tips.
If you walk on the lawn while the ground is frozen or there's frost or snow on the grass, you could damage your turf. If the ground is above freezing and there's no frost, you're in the clear.
If the ground has thawed, go ahead and pick up fallen branches and twigs. Gently rake out leaves and debris from your flower and vegetable beds. If you left ornamental grass standing over the winter for your wild birds, early spring is a good time to trim it down to allow new growth to find the sun.
If you have palm trees, they may not have made it through the cold snap. While some varieties are cold-resistant and are planted as far north as Canada, most others can't take the frost. Ignore the dead fronds and see if there's any sign of life in the crown. If there is, your palms should come back. If you've lost palm trees and want to replace them, see our article on planting palm trees. If your deciduous (leaf-losing) trees have broken limbs hanging from them, get out your loppers and saw. It's time to prune. For help and guidance, see our article on Pruning Trees and Shrubs.
Cold snaps can damage warm-season grasses. While your lawn may look dead, the roots are probably still healthy. Because your lawn needs to "reboot", it needs extra nutrients to help it green up again. One way to bring your lawn back is to feed it with Scotts® Southern Turf Builder® Lawn Fertilizer With 2% Iron. It can be used on any warm-season grass type. To control weeds and fertilize your lawn, apply Scotts® Bonus S® Southern Weed & Feed on St. Augustinegrass (Including Floratam), Centipede, Zoysia, and Carpetgrass lawns only. Also, be sure to keep your lawn moist to assist in its recovery.