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Green Thumb Has Tips To Revive Shrubs Beaten Down By Old Man Winter

The plants on your property have seen better days after going through a brutal winter. (credit: Lynne Adkins)

The plants on your property have seen better days after going through a brutal winter. (credit: Lynne Adkins)

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By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The bushes and lawn on your property probably could use some TLC after this brutal winter.

Your yard might look pretty sorry right now. Dark spots on some leaves, a white bleached out look on others, and many have the that leaning look of having given up under the weight of all that snow and ice.

But spring is here and it’s time to take stock. Should you get out the clippers and start removing the blight? Tom Horn, Nursery Manager at Primex Garden Center in Glenside, Pa. says not yet.

“All those leaves that are damaged, they’re probably going to shed, when they shed you can clean them up and get them out of the area just in case there are any fungal spores, anything that may be on those leaves,” he said. “But for the most part, they’re going to shed those leaves and push new growth. So if you prune back anything that’s damaged you may be pruning back live growth for this year.

Putting an organic material around the base of the plant will help it perk up for the season.

 

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