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yellowing leaves on laurels

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by sseaman, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. sseaman

    sseaman LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3

    We planted 4 skip laurels this summer and until about a week ago they were all looking good and dark green. They are in a row to provide a hedge by our fence to screen off the neighbor behind us and have knockout rose bushes a few feet in front of them. The first 2 in the row are still dark green, the next one has almost all yellow leaves and then the one after that is starting to yellow from thr bottom, leaves up. There are some holes in the leaves I think from the beetles earlier this summer. The rose bushes are doing great so I think the water and soil is okay. Should I try spraying with something?
  2. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,993

    Post some pictures.

    Could be "shothole fungus" but that's just a guess. Were they B&B or container laurels? You say you planted them "this summer." Does that mean June, July, when exactly?

    Most laurels are very finicky when trying to establish. They do NOT like too much water or they will decline very quickly. I usually plant them higher in the hole then normal.
  3. sseaman

    sseaman LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3

    They were in containers amd planted late May. I pulled the worst one out this afternoon and it appears the roots have hardly grown and look black. I'm thinking it has stayed too wet.
  4. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,993

    That a good possibility. Is it irrigated or were you hand watering?

    Post some pics of the laurels and also of the site where they are planted.
  5. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    Yep that is root rot too much water.
    Container plants are hard to establish without planting them properly.
    The roots if not cut will continue to girdle ( grow around and around and never break out of that pattern.) Cut roots on the sides and across the bottom and do not plant them too deep.

    Good Luck

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