About 2 months ago we had our driveway done and along one low (3ft) side
wall we had a cherry laurel hedge planted. In fact it was the week of
that very hot weather! I told the contractor that I didn't want the
border that it would be planted in too wide (the smallest we could get
away with for the hedge to be a success). So the border is about 30-40cm
wide and he said he dug down to 50cm and filled with "good quality
soil". We had a number of 2-3ft pot grown laurel hedges planted about
I suppose my question is: how should I be looking after this hedge until
it is well established?
My aim is to have a dense 5ft screening hedge. Shortly after it was
planted we had a lot of rain so I didn't water it myself at all for a
few weeks and it seemed quite happy basically just sitting there not
doing much but looking ok. Then I noticed that some of them were
severely wilting so I thought they were dying. So I got the hose out and
gave it I thorough soaking - and miraculously the next morning it had
perked up amazingly well! Then we had a few weeks of dry weather so I
made a point of giving the soil a thorough soaking every 3 days or so
and they didn't seem to object!
Since then we've had pretty continuous wet weather so I've not really
watered them myself. Some of them are now looking a bit thin pale and
yellowy and I'm wondering why? Have they had too much water because its
been SO rainy or are they not getting enough because I've stopped
watering them myself?!
Should I feed them? I've heard that nows the time that the roots really
get growing ie over autumn/winter so that they are all set to put on
loads of new leafy growth next season?! Is that true? Do I need to mix
in some bonemeal or something?!
Sorry for the long post and thanks for your advice!