The Q&A Archives: shrub care

Question: I recently planted some bushes in my front yard. The soil has alot of clay. I ahve been watering them everyday but have noticed some of the leaves on the bushes have got from grren to white and I think the bushes are dying. Is there anything I can do to prevent them dying? I am wondering if I should dig them up and replant next year? I believe the shrubs I have are the same Helleri holly bushs.

Answer: Watering everyday can damage the roots of your hollies so you'll need to adjust your watering regime. Water deeply every 3-4 days in hot weather, once a week in cooler weather. Keeping the soil too moist can suffocate the roots because you drive out oxygen when you keep the soil too wet. The problem with the leaves turning white is probaby due to lack of iron in the soil. Apply Ironite in amounts as recommended on the package, and reduce your water applications as suggested above and your hollies should recover. Good luck with your shrubs!

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