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Not all frost damaged plants are dead

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Everyone has seen the neighborhood yards and around town, trees and cacti that look like they have seen better days. 

It's all about that series of nights two weeks ago when there was hard freeze after hard freeze.  Experts say the plants might look terrible, like they are never going to grow again, but that is just temporary. 

Cactus and succulents change color, get mushy, fall over and slump that means they got frost damage; but does not necessarily mean that it's dead.

All the mesquites have dropped their leaves, they are all on the ground, usually this happens in March just before the new growth, so it may be a bit alarming but not to worry they will come back in the spring. 

Due to this hard freeze, some plants won't make it, but many more will; they will just start growing shorter than usual. 

Here are a couple of tips on those seeming ‘dead' plants in the yard, don't rip them up or cut the dead parts just yet.

Tohono Chul is offering tips on how to help make those plants grow back stronger than ever.

Stay with Tucson News Now for an update later this morning.

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