Q.How To Help An Ailing Japanese Cleyera Hedge?
I have a lot of very tall Japanese Cleyera hedge plants as my property’s natural fence. But, they are not looking so good. Some have died, and others are looking thin. What do I need to put around them (pine straw or cedar mulch, or what?) this time of year in December here in Snellville, GA 30078? I have not trimmed them yet. Should they be cut back now in December, or later on in the Spring, and shaped?
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It would seem that you are right on the edge of where they can survive. This makes them sensitive to your colder temperatures. In addition, it has been very cold lately, much moreso than usual, in much of the US.
This is guaranteed to make them very sick looking. Aside from this fact, proper care will give them their best chance.
This article will help you to care for them: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/cleyera/japanese-cleyera-information.htm