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recovering plants grass 600pxWritten by Adam Russell, TAMU

Chat with Green Aggies, a team of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists and agents, will be hosting an emergency webinar session at 4 p.m. February 26 to address questions and concerns related to recovering turfgrass and plants in urban landscapes and gardens following the winter storm.


Extended freezing conditions were hard on Texas landscape plants. Chat with Green Aggies will discuss plant, tree and turfgrass recovery during this emergency session.

The program is free, and anyone interested may participate. It will be presented on the Zoom online platform.

The panel includes AgriLife Extension experts Mengmeng Gu, Ph.D., ornamental horticulturist; Young-Ki Jo, Ph.D., turf pathologist; and Kevin Ong, Ph.D., plant pathologist and director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, all in Bryan-College Station.

Also participating will be Becky Bowling, Ph.D., urban water specialist, Dallas; Chrissie Segars, Ph.D., turfgrass specialist, Dallas; Erfan Vafaie, Ph.D., program specialist in integrated pest management, Overton, and Laura Miller and Paul Winski, horticulture agents in Tarrant and Harris counties, respectively. Other guests will be featured to address specific questions as needed.

“This winter storm is one of the coldest and longest we’ve experienced in Texas,” said Gu. “This meeting will cover some topics on recognizing freezing plant injury and how to respond.”

The program will be geared toward urban landscapes, but all are welcome to join. The information could be helpful in forming a recovery/response plan for their home garden, turfgrass or landscape.

The webinar will be recorded and made available to view through the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab – Chat with Green Aggies YouTube Playlist.

“We invite Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, hobbyists and others to submit questions or concerns that they would like to see addressed in this emergency survey,” she said. “Please provide input, as it will make the webinar most relevant to address your needs.”


Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Sam Craft