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How to save your palm trees following the cold winter

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This past December and January Acadiana experienced several hard freezes and a couple snow/ice events.

These bitterly cold temperatures, with lows dropping into the teen, caused many palm trees to turn brown or branches to completely die.

Richard Hebert with Hebert Garden Center in New Iberia says that you can go ahead and cut off any branches that are completely brown.

If there is any sign of green, even the slightest hint near the stem, professionals say that owners should not remove it. That is a sign that the palm could come back to life.

"The biggest mistake people make with the palm trees that have been hit by the cold is they want to fertilize them to try to regenerate growth and you don't want to do that, so normally we would do that now but because they were hurt, we really can't do it," Hebert said.

Right now, Hebert advises people to just wait and see if their palms will start to rejuvenate and turn green again. Once it starts to rejuvenate, owners can give the trees fertilizer to help with new growth. 

It could take until the middle or end of summer before the palms start coming back, so trees should stay rooted until plenty of time is given to try to rejuvenate.

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