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Pookie0906
May 15, 2020 9:06 AM CST
HELP!!!

My landscaper pruned my Clusia Hedges and now they look like they are dying. The leaves are turning yellow and brown. He used a gas trimmer. He said the blade was new (I don't think it was). Now my beautiful hedges look horrible! I read Clusia need to be hand trimmed and that trimming with a mechanical trimmer can lead to fungus and insect infestation and possibly kill the hedge.

Does anyone know how I can help protect my hedges from fungus and insect infestation and help them grow back into the healthy looking hedges they were before the trimming?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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oneeyeluke
May 16, 2020 1:39 AM CST
Don't over water them trying to fix them, because that will only make matters worse. Aerate around the base of the plant with a hand cultivator and keep the top 2 inches loose so the shrub can transpire oxygen in the root zone. You are right, about hand pruning your shrub, being the best for the plant.

Browning edges can indicate too much water. A plant pushes water through to the edge of its leaves, and if given in excess, this can cause veins at the edges to burst, which leads to browning.
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Pookie0906
May 16, 2020 1:24 PM CST
Thank you for the information.

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DaisyI
May 16, 2020 2:46 PM CST
The brown leaves are sunburned - those leaves were previously protected by other leaves. Care for your hedge the same way you always have.

I have a friend who says the only difference between a good hair cut and a bad hair cut is 2 months. That applies to shrubs too. Be patient, they will be back to their old selves in a few months.
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