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My plant looks dead -- can anything be done?

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The freezing weather is doing a number on residents' plants. Can anything be done about your lantana, or bougainvillea, or ficus trees once they're frozen?

Are they beyond saving?

The experts say in some cases it's too late. In some it's not, but what you need to do right now is wait.

"We're looking at a damaged hibiscus tree, since it's fairly recent the leaves still appear green, still are soft but they are hanging down," says John Pavlik, Certified Nursery Professional.

Pavlik, a certified nursery professional with Moon Valley Nursery, pointed out the damage this young tree suffered during the recent freeze. The leaves are limp, brownish and lifeless.

"Some of the smaller leaves and foliage, it will seem obvious but a lot of the woody branches on the plants may or may not still be viable, so you won't know that for a little while."

Damage varies from tree to tree and shrub to shrub, says Pavlik. That's why he advises to wait before giving up.

If your plants appear to be dead you can do a few things to attempt to revive them -- keep watering, add an enhancer, it might trick the plant into growing again, and wait a few weeks to trim the dead stuff.

"Keep the same methods employed that you have been doing because it will help the plants survive in the future," says Pavlik.

It's still very important to keep covering your plants and trees even if there is some damage, also in the future, make sure you water well.

Keeping everything hydrated before a freeze makes it more sustainable during the tough weather.

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