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Before you throw out that bush, check, it may still be alive.

This happened on a home inspection, then again with my wife. People thinking the a bush is dead, so they want to rip it out. This was a hard winter on our gardens, and a few bushes have been taking longer to recover. It is a shame to take out a bush that could still grow. Also, you may find that adding new bushes can be expensive.
    At my own home, the hibiscus are just beginning to produce leaves. During the winter, the bush looses it leaves, and I cut back the branches. The harshness of the freezes this past winter caused the remaining branches to die. My wife expects to see leaves coming off from the branches, so when she did not see them, there was an assumption of death. I heard that one person tore up her garden, because she thought that the plants may have all died. That might not have been the case, so now she faces quite an expense building up her garden again. I pointed out that if my wife looked at the base, she could see the leaves popping out. There was one problem: there were some weeds in this area too. She thought that the new leaves were weeds. It goes to show you that you need to remember what the leaves of your plants look like.
    Slowly and surely the garden is reviving. This spring has not had enough rain, and the wind with heat has helped to dry plants out. I am hoping to see a better showing from my plants towards the end of May. If they are not producing leaves then, I will look for a green layer under the bark, which could indicate some life. I will make my choices then.