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Avatar for Debdeb661957gmailc
May 21, 2020 11:53 AM CST
Raleigh, NC
Hello, I planted two in 2018, they were beautiful and doubled in size. I noticed in March 2020 the leaves had brown spots on the tips, then the leaves started falling off. Now I have several bare branches only on the side of shrub facing the sun. Both shrubs have dropped leaves but one is recovering faster. I have sprayed both with an organic spray for leaf spot. They are both planted away from the house and I removed all the red clay when planting, using only tree and shrub soil. I also made sure they were planted an inch above soil level. I would appreciate any advice you have.....Deb
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May 22, 2020 1:43 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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They are water stressed because the tree and shrub soil is not holding enough water. Dig down below about a ft next to the privet and feel the soil down at the bottom of the hole. If its dry as a bone, you need to fill the bottom of the hole with water. If its too wet, which i doubt, remove some of the top soil to allow the privet to dry more between waterings. The first year most shrubs need to be hand watered with the water hose very deeply and weekly in the summer. If you would have use the original soil your plant would of faired better.
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