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May 27, 2020 10:23 AM CST
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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Hello. Appreciate being part of the forum, and thank anyone for their advice in advance.

I have planted a new garden in my patio troughs using garden soil, mixed with a little bit of all purpose harden fertilizer... I added red astilbe (chinensis), bigleag bue hydrangeas, green gem boxwoods, double martini stonecrop, and blue hidcote english lavender plants. I also added a 2 gallon emerald ceder hedge. After mixing soil, adding the fertilizer, planting the flowers (the one lavender unfortunately lost half of its root bundle, just kind of fell off when I removed from pot), and topping up the trough with natural cedar mulch everything looked good.

They have been planted for about a week. I have been watering some daily.

problem 1: I've noticed little pests digging the soil up from around the plants... and I don't currently have soil to fill in all the holes. I have ordered 2 more big bags.

problem 2: its been raining a fair amount, so i think some of the plants, like the lavender, got too much water... Anyway. I would like help diagnosing and solving the dying of all of my plants... as it seems each one of them is starting to rot. Please see attached photos.

Thank you, Alexander
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so you see this is barely growing, came from nursery with the brown tips, but green spots are growing
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this lavender started drooping today.
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this stonecrop has yellowing tips
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same with this one
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this lavender is basically dead. I think it is the one that lost half of its root-ball at planting.
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same as picture 1 but doing a tad better
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this guy was straight and tall for one day. Then it fell over and it sits sideways now.
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this shrub is losing its greenery at the bottom, appears to be wilting and dying. Has been planted for 2 or 3 weeks. This only just started happening.
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this was also doing great until yesterday, suddenly all the leaves are drying out and dying, and really fast...
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this boxwood looks good.
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this boxwood has leaf edges that are turning grey and it has dead leaves...

I do not know why all of my plants are suddenly dying... Is it because we had 2 30 degree hot days in a row? Am I over-watering? Are the mice killing them?
What do I do?
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May 27, 2020 2:41 PM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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The addition of fertilizer is burning the plants. Every time you water you release the nutrients into a soluble liquid and that comes in contact with the roots burning the plants. Reduce the water and you will reduce the nutrients as well as giving the plants the extra needed oxygen the root zone. Don't water a plant every day or you will have problems, water weekly instead.....
NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
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