Shrubs And Trees

Over Or Under Watered?

Zone Sydney | Theuggs added on January 5, 2020 | Answered

Hi all, our hedge appears to be dying. Can anyone tell me if it's over or under watered?

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Answered on January 6, 2020

Unless it remains dry in your area, rain should be more than enough to keep the shrubs happy. Any watering outside of a drought will be overwatering.

I would look at soil fertility, or pH first. Have your soil tested to be sure that it contains enough, or not too much nutrients, and that the pH is not too high or too low. This appears to be a problem with the soil.

Another thing that I see is that the mulch doesn't appear to be composted. Fresh woodchips contain a large amount of carbon. This can leach nutrients away from plants, and drastically swing the pH to unsafe levels.

These articles will help you to test your soil:

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