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portuguese laurel

I have a customer with portuguese laurel that was planted a yaer ago.   1 section looks as if its nice bright and coming on well the other is slightly yellow droopy and just not looking great. 
What fertiliser or treat ment would you advise to bring them on. 
Cheers James.

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  • Check the 'poorly' plants aren't sat in water for a start.

    The yellowing of the leaves could be chlorosis - so a magnesium based feed, or even just a good soak of seaweed fertiliser (seaweed is generally my answer for everything), but I would check ground conditions for waterlogging first.

    If the ground they are planted in is crap with no nutrition then a good mulch will help - farmyard manure or mushroom compost

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    Yep I'm with Glen, check it's not water logged give it a dose of seaweed, it's a miracle worker in my mind and a good mulching.

    • PRO

      Sounds perfect 

      Upon investigation the soil is not waterlogged .

      It is directly next to a 2ft wall and you can see the water drain after heavy rain out the bottom of the wall.

      Any recommendations on brand and dose rates for seaweed fertilizing?  I can't get my head round the one I've seen recommending 10ml per litre mix that seems to be next to nothing. 



      • It's quite concentrated stuff. Maxicrop is good, if doing a root drench with watering can then the label instructions of 45ml / 9 litres is good, if a foliar feed with sprayer I'll normally double the dose.


        If you set up a trade account you get free delivery. 

        If it is nutrient deficiency, then the plants really will benefit from a a mulch to help the soil. 

        Maxicrop Original Seaweed Extract Liquid Feed, 10 ltr
        Maxicrop Original Seaweed Extract Liquid Feed, 10 ltr
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    Liquid seaweed will have a faster effect countering disease and adding nutrients by foliar spray - during the active growing season. If its a root issue, which sounds likely, seaweed meal as a top dressing - breaks down and improves the soil while providing the healthy nutrients & trace elements

    Seaweed Meal

    Richard @Progreen

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    • Richard, as an aside, what would be the timing and application rate for seaweed meal on lawns on heavy clay please? Normally I would have thought spring as a soil conditioner but I'm more interested in it's use for helping to break the clay down. Thanks. 

      • PRO Supplier

        To break up clay you'll need a fair bit of seaweed meal but winter is not the worst time to apply a surface dressing but I would follow this with a  a spring 'conditioner' - especially incorprated into top dressing when hollow tining is a brilliant time to apply the seaweed meal and will work the quickest to break up a shallow layer of clay. 

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          Whats the benifits of setting up an account with your company you seem to have a broad range. 


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        • Thanks Richard 

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