Asked April 12, 2021, 12:34 PM EDT
Hello, I just had 11 Skip Laurels installed in my back yard Monday April 5, at the bottom of a small hill that I newly sodded at the same time. This mini hill is supported by a retaining wall, and the laurels sit about 3 ft off of the wall on the hill side. They were watered in with installation. I watered them the next 2 days (Tuesday and Wednesday), and I also watered the sod. The installers came back Thursday to install other plants in another part of the yard and to add some slow release fertilizer to the laurels, and told me to stop watering the laurels as they noticed some yellowing leaves. They watered them lightly just to show me how to hose water them when picking up the watering cycle again next week. I did not water the laurels or the sod since last Thursday, but we have some overnight rains Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and had a brief passing rain Sunday. There are now brown leaves in some laurels, and possible rain is in the forecast this week again.
Are the laurels dying? Is this indeed overwatering or typical from transplant shock? Can I save them? How do I provide the sod enough water without water eventually going down the hill towards the laurels that I assume need to dry out and breath?
Montgomery County Maryland