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Unhappy Portuguese Laurel

Hi

I have a Portuguese Laurel hedge that is about 5 years old and has grown very well without any issues for most of its life. I normally prune it once a year in early summer and it seems relatively happy about it. This year, I pruned harder to reduce the height somewhat and since then it recovered nicely, putting on new growth.

However, about a month or two ago, the new growth started showing signs of distress with new leaves yellowing and showing signs of insect damage. I suspected vine weevil and treated it with nematodes about 3 weeks ago but wanted to check if I was right / if there is something else that needs doing.

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 Any ideas/suggestions?

Thanks

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,616

    I'm wondering whether it's been fed lately?  Putting on all that new growth will have used up a fair bit of nutrition. 

    I'd give it a light sprinkling of Fish, Blood and Bone (half recommended dose on pack)  and a mulch of  well rotted farm yard manure (keeping it away from the trunks).  Then a full dose of FB&B in the spring.

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Yes - could be I guess. Thanks for the suggestion... I'll give that a whirl.

    There's some insect damage on the new leaves... anything you'd be worried out?

    Thanks

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,616

    Insects go for the new soft leaves - it probably wouldn't show up if the leaves weren't so pale and chloritic.  I wouldn't be overly worried about it image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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