I have three holly bushes that were there when I bought the house 13 years
ago. Now that I think about it, they haven't grown much in all that time;
Last year they started looking sickly. I cut off all the dead stuff and
hoped for the best. Two seem to be recovering, but one died. When I pulled
it out today it had no roots; it pulled out with no resistance! The bush
is about 2' high, but the roots are a ball about the size of a softball.
That can't be right.
So, any idea what is afflicting my hollys? I have a few azaleas and
rhododendrons in the area, and they are not exactly prospering. Maybe the
soil is wrong? It is a moderately sunny area.
What to do?
Of course. Tell her that every time she adds mulch to plants that suffer
from too much moisture, you're allowed to take $100 out of the bank to spend
in any way you like. If she pretends to forget the agreement (passive
aggressive, in other words), it jumps to $500, then $1000. That should act
like a bucket of crushed ice down her blouse.
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