Azalea with severe winter damage. Should I replace now or can I help plant to...

Asked May 10, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

Azalea with severe winter damage. Should I replace now or can I help plant to recover?

Howard County Maryland azaleas shrubs winter damage

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Many broadleaf plants were hit hard by the cold winter. Scratch the branches with your fingernail and look for green tissue. If you see green tissue, the branch is still viable. If you see brown tissue the branch is dead. You may want to wait for all new growth before pruning. Then prune back to healthy tissue. You will have to decide after pruning, if the plant is aesthetically pleasing and whether or not you want to replace. Keep well watered during dry periods. Mulch lightly to conserve moisture and keep weeds down. Be sure to keep mulch away from the base of the shrub.
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