Can this Skip Laurel be saved?
He was forgotten way back behind the garage in his original pot from the nursery for several months last fall and was looking pretty rough when we finally got him in the ground. Currently located in a raised bed (good soil) behind an apple tree. I’m trying to get an irrigation line to him but can he be saved with regular water. Feeding? All the leaves are brown but are still firmly attached. There appears to still be green in the branches. How dead is he?
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
This may be browned up due to cold temperature exposure. The inside of the snap test looks alive and that's a good sign.
Make sure to water enough to keep the root system growing. Wait to fertilize until you see new growth. Don't try to feed it into growing, rather let it wake up. If alive, new leaves should push out the old leaves.
After you have active growth you can feed with an evergreen fertilizer as per package directions.