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Old 02-26-2014, 06:59 PM   #1
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Several years ago I planted some evergreen laurels (Otto Luyken) in my front yard. They have been fine until a couple of weeks ago I noticed the leaves turning brown. No signs of insect damage or fungus, just most of the leaves turning brown. Could this be due to the unusually hard winter? Anything I can do to help them?

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At this point there's not much you can do. Wait for spring and see what happens. You may have parts that die off. Prune it off and keep them well watered. The wind and cold probably dehydrated the plants.

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Same thing here. Four out of five Atlas cedars have turned copper/brown. The fifth, which is the youngest, (still) looks fine. It has been unusually cold this winter. I did some reading; it appears that this is how they respond to dehydration due to the frozen ground. Some recover...

Pruning will not help much an evergreen, unless the damage is localized. Mine is widespread. Wait and see. It pains me to see these giants that mature at about 70 years to go so young...
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False advertising. I'd sue.
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False advertising. I'd sue.
why is that?

In fact they do grow slow and live long. I have seen cedars in their Atlas habitat; they are majestic trees!
Only we stupid humans decided to make Connecticut (and who knows what else) their home, without even asking them. Lesson learned!

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Just making a joke. Ever greens not being green forever.

Humor fail. *hangs head in shame*
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Just making a joke. Ever greens not being green forever.

Humor fail. *hangs head in shame*
My failure...
Sweet!

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