How can one get rid of the roots of this very messy tree? After having the tree chopped down, there are still sprouts coming up everywhere.
Cut the suckers (the small plants) and paint the fresh cuts with undiluted Round-up. This will get into the root system and kill the roots. It may take a month or so, but it will work. You can also try using a reciprocal saw to cut the roots out of the ground.
We have four mature cherry laurel shrubs planted up against our home. They were obviously planted too close together and now, being mature, are starting to 'overlap'. While they still look healthy, I am afraid that they are too close together. One of the shrubs at the end died a couple years ago, so we have a large open space available to fill. I would like to try to transplant three of the laurels so that I can add more space between the four and fill in the one open space. Do the laurel shrubs do well with transplanting, and if so, are there any tricks to doing it right?
These shrubs respond best to transplanting in early spring. Make sure to get as much of the root system as possible and replant in an area with similar growing conditions. Water thoroughly at the time of transplanting and keep watered while adapting to the new location. For help with preventing or fixing transplant shock, this article will help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm
How can I get rid of scale on cherry laurels?
This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/scale-bug-how-to-control-plant-scale.htm and I recommend using neem oil.
I planted cherry laurel bushes summer of 2013. Some face east and some face southwest. The leaves turned brown this winter and so far this spring, there seems to be no sign of life or white flower blossoms. When do they usually show signs of life?
Cherry laurel flower April - May; if you're not seeing anything on yours, you may have lost it. See if you can snap pieces off the branches; if they're crispy, it's dead. Possibly the extremely severe winter was just too much for a newly planted bush. But be a bit more patient, it might start growing. This article has more information if you decide to try them again: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/cherry-laurel/growing-cherry-laurels.htm
Also, next fall you might want to think about more protection for newly planted bushes. This article has some advice: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/protecting-plants-winter.htm
My cherry laurel bushes are still brown and very little sign of turning green with flowers.
Cherry laurel is an evergreen shrub; if it's brown now, it's probably suffering from winter burn. This article will tell you more: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/winter-burn-in-evergreens.htm
Have cherry laurel hedge that was planted 1 yr ago. It is growing but is very leggy, as virtually no leaves (or small branches) at base. It is 4.5 feet tall on average. Should I prune/cut the almost ready to bloom flowers and take it down to encourage lower growth?
If you don't mind losing this season's blooms, then yes, you can go ahead and prune the shrub back, but don't take off more than a third of its overall growth. Otherwise, you can wait for the flowering to finish and prune back afterward.
I have recently planted a bare root cherry laurel hedge. How far apart should I have kept the plants? The company I bought from said every 8 inches. The gardener in local Dobbies garden centre said 1 every 3 ft. Can someone advise please? Thanks, Andy
I would advise you to plant them 2-3 feet apart. 2 feet apart will give you a quick screen but, with a little longer wait, a nice dense hedge will form by planting them 3 feet apart. So you might want to go middle of the road and plant them 2'6" apart.
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