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Question: My backyard was landscaped in October 2004. The landscaper planted coppertone loquat along our back fence. The plants are about 3 to 4 feet in height but very leggy and sparse (leafing only at the ground level and the very top of the bush - sparse branching in the center of the plant). How can I revive these so that they will grow into the dense hedge that was promised in the design?

Answer: Kara,

They will fill in with time and care. Keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. Apply a cup of a fertilizer similar in blend to 15-5-10 per 50 square feet of soil surface in March, April, May, June and July. Each time water it in well. If you want bushier growth a light shearing of the plants once or twice from spring to mid summer is fine.

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