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Bay Laurel Hedge Problems

obrienkevoobrienkevo Posts: 3
edited May 2020 in Plants
I'm hoping you could help me please. I got 2metre high bay laurel planted at the end of March. The only advice I was given was to keep them watered. 

However, the leaves started to yellow and brown pretty quickly. Now a lot of leaves are droopy looking and those leaves look very dry, even though they are still green in colour.

I have got fish blood and bones fertiliser yesterday and sprinkled around the plants. I have also started watering twice a day.

What more can I do to save them? I'm getting very worried. 



  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,505
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • foxwalesfoxwales Posts: 67
    How long are you watering for?  These are thirsty. With these if you see more green then yellow, you have little to worry about, just give it a really good soak every few days; and I'm talking gallons.  Watering too frequently can keep the soil constantly wet and encourage rot so stop watering twice a day, water long and well and then give the soil a chance to dry out before watering again.

    If you see more yellow than green, then it's unlikely watering that is the issue and could be something at root level as the foliage looks free from anything.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,119
    Hi @obrienkevo - the link @Lyn has given you will give you all the info you need.  :)
    Unfortunately, even in a more normal spring, those would be difficult to sustain, as huge specimens like that are hard to establish.
    The best solution is to cut back by a good bit. I know you won't want to hear that, but it reduces the stress, and helps them to fill out too.
    It would be worth taking more grass away as well, so that there's less competition for water. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • obrienkevoobrienkevo Posts: 3
    Thanks all. I have posted in the thread recommended by Lyn. Can I delete this one?
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,119
    No need to @obrienkevo - don't worry  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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