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Portuguese Laurels - wet feet?

Ever planted a hedge of Portuguese Laurels (Prunus lusitanica) and wondered why some of them don’t look too happy? Here’s an example of some I learnt the hard way with my own hedge, and these three trees have got wet feet. Solution? When planting, raise them up about 100-200mm out of the ground and mound the soil up around the rootball. Cover with bark or something similar to disguise the mounds, and your Laurels will flourish. The mound around the root ball simply directs any surface water away from the base of the tree and avoids it getting waterlogged. Too easy!



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