tchlleaf wrote:I have recently planted some laurels and they not appear to be growing very well. I have been feeding them with Richard Jackson's flower power and it doesn't appear to be working. I read on a forum that Epsom salts help and have been feeding the laurels with this for two weeks, 1 feed every 7 days. There is a tree next door and they also have a pond so I'm assuming they are causing the problem. I really need these laurels to grow as my garden has no privacy! Please help.
Don't feed your shrub flower power, nutrient balance is all wrong for it. Get some tree and shrub fertilizer spikes and bury them as deep in the ground as you can. And then don't add anything else until fall.
I agree with what's been said that laurels are in general very slow growing and not a good choice for a quick privacy screen.
Are these sweet bay/ bay laurel? If so, they are pretty tolerant of a variety of soils, though they like it well draining. If they are kalmia (mountain laurel, bog laurel, etc), they require a quite acid soil.
I really didn't understand what you said about your neighbor's tree and pond "causing the problem." How could they cause your laurel not to grow well?