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Hello Kazz, please see your other thread.

I need to seriously retard the growth of my laurel hedge. I notice that ithas quite a bit of fruit on it. I know they are poisonous, but if some wildlife can make use of them I'm willing to delay the pruning. Are there any birds that use them in winter?

 

 

 

Birds do like the berries. We regularly have Black birds nesting in our laurel hedge.

According to http://laurelhedging.net/ 

"Hard pruning is best done in March due to the surge of growth in late April and May. This means new growth will follow very quickly."

Dovefromabove

March is not a good time to prune if the hedge is a regular nesting site for birds!  The end of January at the very latest. 

hi, ive inherited a HUGE laurel at the end of my garden, its massive. ijust about managed to keep it in shape last summer but i swear its just got bigger anyway! im thinkig of getting rid of it but then id be over looked. it is creating alot of shade for my already small garden and i dont thing im going to be able to maintain it properly this year due to busy lifestyle. could i cut it down to a stump and start again from scratch   any ideas ??

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I have a bay laurel planted as a small plant. It has been hardy and thriving for many years and is at least twenty ft. high. Being in the mid-Atlantic (MD), it has survived all kinds of weather. Early in the fall and into the winter this year all of the leaves have turned brown...

Does it have life left, or should it be cut to the ground?

TIA for any advise!

nutcutlet

Is bay laurel the one you cook with, Laurus nobilis, or the one you definitely don't, Prunus laurocerasus?

 

is it true the laurel roots poison the soil as I cannot grow any other plants or veg near my hedge

does laurel poison the ground as I cannot grow any plants or veg where there is a laurel edge

Dovefromabove

It doesn't poison the ground, but it will take all the water and nutrients out of the soil nearby.  

Lots of mulching with organic matter, garden compost, farmyard manure etc will help.

Steve 309

 These laurels are in my mum's garden (NW London) and ths photo was taken in April (when, as you can see, they were flowering).  The hedge on the left is as tall as the two-storey building.  It was pruned (horribly and with no regard for wildlife) a week or three ago but they couldn't reach the top so I guess it'll carry om growing higher until it blows over.

Dovefromabove

That really is an impressive hedge - it's a shame they couldn't wait to prune it until after both the blooms and the nesting season were over. 

thank you I will try that

Im moving to a new house in the autumn winter, it is a new build therefore I will be building and growing my garden from scratch. My current garden is very mature and has taken me years to get it this way - which I love. I will want to create a lived in garden as soon as I can and am looking to use laurel to line the garden for privacy and an evergreen tall border. How tall can I buy laurel? and how far apart will I need to plant? thank you

Fairygirl

Hi Sidney. Don't make the mistake of buying them too big as they're much harder to get established. I'd go for something around 3 feet ( 1 metre). You can plant them about 2 or 3 feet apart and they'll put on a good bit of growth and knit together quite well within a year or two, assuming you prepare the area well first.  Put in some decent compost, well rotted manure if you can get it, and a bit of slow release fertiliser (Blood, fish and bone is ideal) and keep them watered and weed free to get them off to a good start. A mulch once you've got them in will help too.

I don't think Laurel's available as bare root hedging -  which would have been much cheaper, and you could have got it as soon as you moved in, but it gives you a bit of time to prepare your ground. New builds don't usually have much goodness in the soil!

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I have a large laurel as part of my hedge and this summer every leaf has gone mottled yellow with holes and it looks like tiny scaley creatures on the back of each leaf, what could it be and will the laurel survive?

I have a Laurel hedge about 5ft gh which looks very healthy  but is very thin of leaves at the bottom. What should I do to stimulate lower growth?    Mike B

I have a laurel hedge which is now about 5 years old  and 2 metres high

The leaves are very pale and quite sparse (almost yellow and are continually dropping)

The hedge looks very unhealthy - I have just pruned them back hoping they will become more dense and im prove in colour

Any advise 

I have a laurel hedge which is now about 5 years old  and 2 metres high

The leaves are very pale and quite sparse (almost yellow and are continually dropping)

The hedge looks very unhealthy - I have just pruned them back hoping they will become more dense and im prove in colour

Any advise or help would be aspirated

Laurel is a perfect screening hedge.  Dense, dark evergreen leaves and fairly fast growing and is really hardy.  It also let's you know when it isn't happy as the leaves start going yellow.  Responds well to bonemeal.  Looks great trimmed - I think it is the best.  I also like hornbeam but although it keeps it's brown leaves it doesn't screen anything like laurel in the winter. It does however have beautiful coloured green leaves in spring.

Rob W, if you want to save it I am not an expert but I would probably trim it back and give it a good feed - bonemeal and ensure that it is well watered and wait.  I had a standard laurel tree that I killed due to not watering enough.  I thought the area was shaded and therefore always moist but it wasn't.