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Yellow leaves on bay laurels

Hi I'm  desperate for some help
I planted 16 laurels hedging 2 feet apart to screen us and our neighbours. Planted them last autumn  and watered them well. This summer I've noticed most plants are producing yellow leaves and then falling off. I've  been to b&q for advice and they suggested  miracle grow to feed them . Given them two feeds already but  plant leaves still turning yellow and falling off.
Any advice please before I lose them all.


  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    Can you post a photo please.
    we will get a better idea of what’s going on.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • I’m sure it will be either nitrogen deficiency or a PH imbalance in your soil. Have you tested your soil PH?
  • Hi I will try and upload a photo today. I have not tested my soil and I was given miracle gro with a high nitrogen content 24% given them two feeds already.
  • Hi here is a photo of one of my laurels. This one is the worst of them all.
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,831
    Hello paddygreengiant. Hedge plants need a bit of room to allow their roots to stretch out into the soil and if your laurels are planted as close as that one appears to be to other plantings then they will struggle - competing with the other plants for water and nutrients. What is the actual distance between to chain link fence and the raised board?
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Hi the distance between fence and raised bed is 2 feet.
  • Hi other laurels with nothing in front of them are struggling  as ell.
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,831
    Hmmm. 2 feet is a good distance so that shouldn't be the problem. It does have the appearance of a possible nutrient deficiency or something in the soil that is not suiting it. I would not feed so often as an excess of nutrients can also be detrimental.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Ok thank you ladybird4 for your kind comments. I might have to remove the worst one and have a look at the roots to see what' going on. Thanks again.
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