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By Budge2

United Kingdom Gb

We have a Spotted laurel plant, circa 15 years old.
How easy will it be to dig the root out.
The idea is to prune or renew.



I have cut a mature laurel hard before and it came back fine. So prune first and if it isn't what you want then yes dig it out but it will be a demanding job. In the past I have dug most of the soil away and then using a saw cut through the main roots.

7 Apr, 2015


You can hard prune Spotted laurel right down if you so wish ,it will respond with vigour, you could grub out one of the multi stems near the base, quite simple to do, but if it were me I would renovate it by hard pruning, give it a good bucket of water once you have pruned it, new buds will quickly form after a few weeks.

7 Apr, 2015


Laurels have huge roots. When I dug one out it left a hole big enough to make a pond (actually OH dug it out!).

7 Apr, 2015


Spotted Laurel is not a is Aucuba japonica...and is less in rigorousness than a Laurel, so discard those replies. 15 years plus of roots then it should rebound but may equally sulk for a year or more.

8 Apr, 2015


You're right, Botanic, I didn't notice the spotted bit! Just shows how much better it is to use the scientific name. Much less of a daunting task to dig Aucuba japonica out if necessary.

8 Apr, 2015


I did notice it was the spotted laurel and I have treated an over grown one in the way I described. So my advice still stands.

8 Apr, 2015

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