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Help! I'm having problems with my Bay Tree

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 19:50


I moved into my first house last June, the garden already had some plants in it. One was a beautiful  Bay Tree which was planted directly into a south facing border. It gets plenty of sunlight and our soil is extremely alkaline.

About a 2-3 months ago, the tree started to deteriorate. The leaves started turning brown and crispy. However, there seems to be a strange off shoot (I don't know if its part of the same plant or a different plant entirely)  that doesn't seem to be suffering the same fate. It is really vibrant green, healthy looking and every day it seem to be growing bigger and bigger.

I've attached a picture to show exactly what I mean.

I am really not sure what to do with this tree any more. I tried watering it to see if it needed more water and its had no effect, I've checked it for parasites (there were scale bugs on it when we moved in which I quickly treated) but there's nothing. Should I remove this part of the tree if the other part is doing so well? Or will it recover from whatever is ailing it?


Help needed for a novice gardener

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 17:40
Of course
The garden is south-facing. So the bed will be in good sunlight through spring/summer. The only shade it will get would be in the morning whilst the sun moves round the front of the house. We had a hard time breaking the soil up when we moved in....was quite clay like but that may have been from the sun drying it out. I turn it over quite regularly now andits always full of bugs and earthworms (if that helps!)

I dont really mind what I plant,anything with some colour would be a bonus.

Help needed for a novice gardener

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 15:55

Hi there,

I have recently brought my first house and I am lucky enough to have a substantially sized back garden. It has a long stretch of lawn with a flower bed down one side, which I have recently deweeded. In spring I intend to fill the border with plants which I hope will be perfect for attracting bees, butterflies and any other insects.

So my question is, what would be good to plant? I've very new to this whole gardening thing and I doubt I'll have a chance to plant anything before winter (as I need to sort the house out first). Any tips or recommendations would be really appreciated.

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