Eco Friendly/Green Landscaping Part III - Knowledgebase Question

Pottstown, Pe
Question by cbeiderman
October 29, 2009
(end of first 2 emails w/ this title)I need to find replacement for the moutain laurels or


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Answer from NGA
October 29, 2009

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We may have answered your question in the previous response! Could be that the soil stays to wet. Mountain Laurel needs a moist, acidic soil, but it also needs good drainage. Partial shade is fine, or full sun in a sheltered area, where it won't get the worst of the winter winds. Amend the soil with organic matter, and give it at least a 2 inch layer of mulch (wood chips, pine needles, or leaves work well) each spring. Mountain laurel grows well beneath trees where it's lightly shaded. It's hardy to -20 degrees F, but mulching and a sheltered location helps it to do well during the winter. Mountain laurel will bloom in May and June. As soon as the blooms have faded, snip them off to help the plant spend its energies on next years blooms. You can also prune the shrub at this time to keep it small and bushier. Hope this information helps!

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