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Bay Laurel leaf problem

Discussion in 'Pests, Diseases and Cures' started by Conor M, May 2, 2021.

  1. Conor M

    Conor M Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi All,

    New here and fairly new to gardening to be honest. Moved into a new house in November where the developer had planted a row of what I presume are Bay Laurel around the fence in the garden. I’ve been a bit concerned for a few months about leaf colour. The new leave seem grey / ashen / tan. Older leaves are green but even some of them are discolouring yellow.

    The next door neighbour has the same row of plants but theirs are nice a green!

    The garden is east facing so maybe not so much sun in evenings. Didn’t get a worse summer than anyone else.

    Haven’t seen any leave curling or things on the leaves to suggest bay sucker. And leaves are largely intact / not eaten.

    Underlying soil quality is maybe not brilliant. I poked through the weed suppression layer and thought the soil was dry.

    Plan is to take back the bark layer, work in some meal / feed, water directly and recover.

    Anyone able to spot diagnose my problem from the leave discolouration?

    Thanks in advance!

    Conor
     

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    Snorky85 Total Gardener

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    Hmm hard to say really but if it were me I would feed them a humic acid feed and spray the leaves with SB invigorator and check how that works.
     
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    I'd try giving them a good drenching every few days. We haven't had any rain for weeks here, not sure where you are but probably the same? Soil is always much drier near a wall as it shelters it from the rain.

    Ask your neighbour what they have been doing, have they been watering?
     
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      I think your plants are Elaeagnus ebbingei rather than Bay Laurel.

      Blackstart
       
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      • Perki

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        I were just about to say they are E.Ebbigei until I saw blackstart post . They look fine to me maybe a slight bit of cold damage but nothing to worry about.
         
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        • pete

          pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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          Frost damage ,I'd cut the dead stuff back, it's not going to green up.

          New growth should be better, if it ever warms up enough for things to grow properly.
           
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          • Conor M

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            Thanks All.
            You know, looking at E.Ebbingei images online it actually does look like what I have. And apparently it’s pretty hardy so should hopefully be fine in the soil I have.
            Might still feed it anyway and keep an eye on it!
             
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