Frost Damage - Knowledgebase Question

Clovis, CA
Question by jeffrobertb
January 18, 1999
My ground cover is turning black after an unusual California frost and snow. Some parts are still green.
Will it come back or do I need to pull it all out and start over? It took two years to get it to the point it is now.

Answer from NGA
January 18, 1999


You didn't identify the groundcover, so it's difficult to say with certainty whether it's been permanently injured by the unusually cold weather, of if it's just frost-bitten and recover. I'd leave it alone until spring to see if it sprouts new leaves. If so, cut away the damaged parts to encourage new growth. If not, you'll probably have to replant. Let's hope for the best!

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