The Q&A Archives: Is my Dwarf English Laurel dying?

Question: Hi,
Last fall I planted 2 Dwarf English Laurels. On one, the majority the leaves have turned yellow and/or fallen off. On the other, a few have turned yellow and fallen off, but for the most part is still green and bushy. We had an extremely wet winter, and the laurels are in a low point of the yard. Could this have caused the damage? And is there anything I can do save the plant?
Thank you!
Jennifer Slipp

Answer: I'd be almost certain that the poor drainage and wet winter has caused the symptoms you describe. Soggy soils eliminate oxygen, which the roots need to remain alive. I'd dig the laurels up, cut away any mushy or dead roots, then either raise the soil level and replant, or plant your laurels elsewhere - in a drier site. If you dig them now, you may be able to save them. Hope so!

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