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darjon
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 2:19 pm    Post subject: Laurel help needed. Reply with quote

Hi all

i planted some Laure hedging about 2 years ago but it doesnt seem to be growing well.

Some to the plants are flourishing but the majority are still quite small and yellow.

I have aerated all around the laurels and fertilized with chicken manure but they are still quite yellow

can anyone shed some light on this problem

thanks
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Sive
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi darjon, I hope this isn't a general laurel problem...our (thankfully quite short) 1-year-old laurel hedge does not look very healthy either. In March we investigated the soil and decided it was very compacted, so we dug a deeper trench, put in manure and compost and mounded it up to lift the young plants a bit higher, in case they were getting waterlogged.
I'd be interested to hear whether laurels need special conditions.....
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darjon
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi sive

im going to talk to a greenkeeper in the locale and see if he can give me any ideas. if i get any new info i'll of course post it and hopefully this may sort both our problems

cheers
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chicken manure is not the best for laurels or for any other hedges for that matter.More than likely the problem is poor soil structure. poor drainage or planting too deeply or other root competition
hope this helps.
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)
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darjon
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Michael

What would you recommend to help them along .

i have aerated around them and started drainage. Any extra advice is welcome

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