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Laurel disease?

Posted: Yesterday at 22:42

No expert but looks like powdery mildew on your leaves? I also have some of this on my laurels and had assumed it was that as I have other plants affected.

I would also say the holes are caterpillar damage rather than shothole simply because I had the same on my laurel last year and took in a leaf specimen to garden centre and they said it was that.

Neither is serious in my understanding.

 

 

Back garden privacy

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 11:26

My sympathies- our neighbour did this a few years ago. I had all the same worries about the kids outside in full view of neighbours windows and value of our house dropping because of the privacy issue

How about some bamboo in pots? Bamboo screening attached to fence also makes a good temporary option.

We started by putting up a 6 ft fence with a gravel board so just over 6 ft high (only a problem if someone complains!). I've grown up pyracantha (need to be careful with kids due to thorns), evergreen clematis and put in a small tree, laurel and photinia red robin shrubs just for the areas where I really want evergreen privacy. It's taking a few years but I do have some of my privacy back now and it's at least more interesting than the leylandii that was there before!

 

Bamboo

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:28

I have a golden bamboo growing in a huge pot. Was advised to keep it in the pot by the garden centre and not to trust planting even though it's meant to be clumping!! It just needs a bit of maintenance and regular watering. It provides us with a good screen from some overlooking windows at 8 /9 feet tall but probably won't get to full height in a pot.

Laurel Hedge

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 19:47

I bought a laurel in a pot which I didn't plant in time and it got nutrient deficient, lost almost all its leaves and looked awful. I planted it in the garden anyway, dosed up with Epsom Salts and 5 years later it's healthy, bushy and almost 10 feet tall! Don't give up on them yet 

Can you grow a tree in a pot?

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 13:46

I have a beautiful Acer in a pot which I bought as a spindly twig (almost!) for £2.99 from Morrison's. It's done brilliantly in a pot and now a good 3 feet tall. I see them the same size for £40+ in the garden centre. Just needed a bit of nurturing during the first year.

All depends on if you want instant effect! 

 

Pruning (or not) of newly planted Portugese Laurel

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 21:57

I feel your pain for wanting your privacy back again!! I'm using cherry laurel (Rotundifolia rather than Portuguese laurel) to block out annoying overlooking neighbours windows and it can't grow fast enough for me!! However I did buy mine at about 3ft so we're talking 4 yrs for them to now be at 15ft high..

I didn't prune much off at all until a year ago and then cut back the taller branches which has really helped them bush out this year and create a dense hedge. I think you'd be ok nipping out the taller stems and leaving them for a year or two to get some height and then pruning/shaping to create the density and structure you want - my unprofessional opinion of course but has worked for my mum too who now has a lovely Portuguese laurel as a hedge in her front garden.

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 10:05

Lovely post!

Afraid my experience far less poetic.. my new neighbours took out all their trees from the garden a few years ago leaving us with zero privacy and I had to learn about gardening quick smart! Had no interest before this but was bitten by the bug as a result and never looked back - made lots of mistakes along the way but given me so much pleasure to see my garden emerge from scratch!

 

What if you rant about your neighbour and

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:35

I have wind chimes and loads of solar lights 

I AM one of those neighbours..

 

 

 

Bargain shrubs

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:30

Yes I did well on my last visit too - a clematis armandii for £4, lots of reduced perennials and a magnolia stellata for a fiver. I'm going back again tomorrow to stock up - still have a lot of border to fill!

All were in great condition bar a bit pot bound. Our local garden centre seems to have half its stock on 50% off - wonder if they have struggled a bit with sales this year? 

 

 

cherry laural

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 20:10

I've recently picked up some 2-3 foot laurel in pots in the sale from a garden centre for a fiver each. Some of the leaves are a little bit yellow and slightly pot bound but nothing that a bit of TLC won't sort out! Might be a good time to look as a lot of our local garden centres are having sales at the moment.

I've got laurel for privacy in various areas of my garden and it grows at least 1-2 feet per year. Agree the smaller plants have established better than the 6 foot one I bought a few years ago and are almost the same size now 

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Should I get rid of this tree now? 
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