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Serious Bay Sucker Problem

I have a well established bay tree/bush, approx. 6' high. Last year it was attacked by bay suckers. pulled off affected leaves but it got worse so I then treated it with ProVado, which limited the damage but didn't 'cure' it.  If I remove the affected leaves (almost all of them) will it resolve the problem and will they grow again. Or should I chop it down ????.


  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Chop it down, it turns into a 30 foot horror and starts making a bay forest.


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Wrong type of sucker Lou. Prune out all the affected branches greenlee. It will put on new growth shortly. Bay can take hard pruning. Burn the off cuts.

  • GreenleeGreenlee Posts: 3

    Thank you Lou12 - I've managed to contain it at 6' high and 2' wide for the last couple of decades so I think I'm safe on the forest front. So thank you to Dave Morgan for your suggestion. Should I prune the main central stem/branch to reduce height as well as the side branches?

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Why not, might as well take this opportunity to reshape and rejuvenate greenlee.

  • GreenleeGreenlee Posts: 3

    Okay...thanks for your advice.

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