Wind-Burnt Laurels

Anonymous added on April 1, 2012 | Answered

I have planted 200 three-foot high laurels. The leaves of most of them have turned brown on the upper part of the plant moving downwards. They are in an exposed area and I have been told are wind burnt. However, I have been advised to cut them back to below the browned part, otherwise the complete plant will die! Do you agree or will the leaves come back again in the warmer weather?

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Answered on April 2, 2012

Yes, you can cut them back but I would not cut them back by more than a third of their growth as cutting them too much could do more harm than good.

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