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The leaves on our laurel hedge are being eaten by something, not sure what. My hubby had a look for any insects and saw some beetle looking things and spiders.
any idea?
Does anyone know if we should spray it and if so, with what?

I'm pretty new to gardening so forgive my ignorance please!

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03 Apr 2006, 12:25
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Dont know about your bug situation but doing a college course at mo dont burn laurel as it releases a toxic gas and dont put it on compost heap as it does the same thing.. :roll:


P.s slugs eat our laurel bush here in the uk.


03 Apr 2006, 22:23
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I will be spraying our hedge with bordeaux mixture as it worked on the vines.


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humphrey, what is bordeaux mixture and is it harmfull to dogs as my 11month old dogs play hide and seek in the laurels. what is it used for and where do you get it from. we have laurel's on 3 sides of the garden they are in good order.
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12 Apr 2006, 16:55
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Yes I'm interested in knowing what Bordeaux mixture is too....please



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12 Apr 2006, 20:15
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Think it's basically copper sulphate and one of the few "chemicals" allowed by organic organisations. Whether or not it's harmful to dogs and other animals, I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will supply the answer!

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12 Apr 2006, 20:31
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hi

bordeaux bordelaise (sp ?) is the universal remedy in France.

But if you take a few leaves to your local farm co-operative, they will be able to tell you exactly what the problem is.

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Not sure where you are but have you considered that the problem might be a bit bigger than beetles - such as rabbits, or more likely deer. Laurel is usually pretty resistant to insects.
And no, Bordeaux mixture wont kill any insects, bugs and is unlikely to kill you dogs either, although it could make them ill if they ate the leaves. It is a fungicide - kills fungus. So unless you have got an attack of the lesser laurel eating toadstools, don't bother with it. :D


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I am sure Andy is joking. Actually I was thinking about mould which is classed as a fungus. Anyway I think that the laurel is about to start sprouting new growth and things may improve naturally. We dont have any deer or rabbits here even if they could climb the branches. :D


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hear hear Humphrey. Yes maybe it will improve now the regrowth has started.

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cassie wrote:
humphrey, what is bordeaux mixture and is it harmfull to dogs as my 11month old dogs play hide and seek in the laurels. what is it used for and where do you get it from. we have laurel's on 3 sides of the garden they are in good order.
cassie


Hi!

The "bouillie bodelaise " seems to be a universal remedy to many problems in France more specially with trees.

In other countries gardeners will hardly touch it. Like here they even recommend " Round Up " which in Germany, you can only get if you sign the poison register.

They say it ( the bouillie bordelaise ) is toxic for animals and fish. You should in all cases respect the mixing proportions, and not use it on fragile plants..

And keep it in a place where children can not get at.

Yours,

pomhorn

Attention, la bouillie bordelaise est toxique pour les animaux et les poissons. Veillez également à respecter les doses prescrites et évitez de la pulvériser sur des plantes fragiles.

La bouillie bordelaise est utilisée en agriculture bio mais le cuivre est limité à 6 kg par hectare et par an. (???!!!)

Conservez votre poudre dans un endroit hors de portée des enfants


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If you want to grow an organic answer to pests I have recently read that Aremesia absinthium (yes that's right Absinthe the hallucinogenic!) is the bees knees. You can order seeds off the internet & when they've grown you can use them in 2 ways.
1. Chop a handful of leaves & bring to the boil in 1 litre of water. cover & leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Dilut the mixture with 4 litres of water & spray onto vulnerable plants. Very good against cabbage root fly & aphids.
2. leave 1kg of leaves to ferment in 1 litre of water for several days. Dilute the liquid to 5% ie 5ml of the solution to 95ml water. Spray on currant bushes & gooseberry bushes to protect against rust. Can also be used neat against slugs.

Possibly not one for where children live but better than chemicals.
JanTy :)


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That's great. Will try to get some seeds.

Shirley


19 Apr 2006, 12:36
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Our laurel hedge was covered with snails which were chomping the leaves. These have been despatched to feed the birds. However, there appears to be another problem. It looks like leaf curl and is quite advanced. The underside of the leaves have a fine white powder evident. Can anyone recommend any treatment for this.

Terry and Shirley.


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