Mountain Laurel Leaves Brown And Drop

Question From: ARKANSAS
Q: My "Sarah" mt laurel planted this spring has started turning brown. It's leaves droop,turn brown and drop off. This seems to start at bottom set of leaves and on one stem at a time. I live in zone 7. Can you help me? I haven't found any holes or insects upon examination. I did see a small amount of webbing but no insect.


Heat and drought will devastate newly planted shrubs. They need to be watered so the rootball stays moist but not sodden. Sounds like yours is dying of thirst. Best Nancy