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?