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My laurels that I planted last November have suddenly died

I planted the laurel hedge in the pictures below in November last year and they were growing fine but a couple of months ago all the leaves turned yellow and the majority have now died I assumed it must have been something I did so I bought some more a few weeks ago from you and the same has happened again

Can you give me any idea what this might be before I plant more and lose them too

I have been watering them every day I gave them fish blood and bone meal when I planted them and another fertiliser for the leaves too And I have out  a bark mulch on them to maintain the moisture in the soil


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    All sounds fine with what you have said. But with the really early warm weather and then weeks of dry weather, your shrubs will have needed a lot of watering. Bucketfuls each plant in the evenings or early morning, more or less every day when it's hot and every 2-3 days when it is cooler.

    I know you said you watered, but many people under estimate the amount of water shrubs need and also some water over-head or during the day time. To get the best from watering, it's best to water in the late evenings to night time, watering directly into the base and not onto leaves. In my opinion, there is no need to spray the plant or feed it. So long as the soil is well prepared, Cherry Laurels will do well.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,060
    Feeding new young plants is not a good idea, they will try to produce new green shoots when really they need to make a good root system first, especially in this hot weather they’ve had,  give loads of water and hopefully wash the feed through.
    Keep the weeds away, take the dead ones out if there no signs of life on them and cut back the remaining good ones, they’ll fill the gaps in no time, these trees grown huge and it won’t be long before each one has a trunk and is 5’ in all directions. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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