Cherry Laurel Plants Have Turned Tan Color

Question From: MARYLAND
Q: Hi Nancy, We purchased 4 Cherry Laurels early fall 2017. Weather was relatively mild at the time of planting. They were planted with nutrients by the nursery we bought them from. We followed directions in watering. After they were planted they were watered 15 minutes daily for 12-14 days. Directions that came with it said no more water after that as they don't like too much water. The leaves are now quickly turning tan colored and I want to know if that is something normal for a Cherry Laurel in winter or are we, did we, neglect something. Thanks for any help.

A: Cherry laurels are evergreen and the leaves should not be turning brown in winter. While they do not like wet feet they are not drought tolerant and prefer moist soils. Newly planted trees or shrubs should be watered to a depth of 12 to 16 inches in drought-like weather every 10 days. Mulching with 3 to 4 inches of good organic mulch is also recommended to keep the soil moist. Lack of water or a sudden drop in temperatures will result in browning of their leaves. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy