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#148226 Nov 3rd, 2007 at 07:57 AM
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I have three beautiful encore azeleas that were planted by a landscaping service last year. Two of them are doing great, but the third looks like it is dying. They also put in a soaker hose to the bed they are in. Is the soaker hose supposed to be above the dirt? I have a feeling that the bush is not getting as much water as the other two. I open the faucet all the way as I was told to do, but maybe the hose is clogged with dried mud.

My question is, can I prune the bush back, how much and when? Thanks for the help.


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Soaker hoses do go above the dirt but below the mulch. If you haven't mulched, I recommend doing so...it will help them retain water. The hoses can get clogged sometimes, too. Never prune a water stressed plant...it can kill it. Are the leaves turning yellow, or are they brown and dry? If yellow, it is probably a nutrient deficiency, most possibly iron, and a good dose of iron rich fertilizer can help. If the leaves are brown and dry, then it's a water issue, and it will depend on the severity as to whether giving it more water will correct it or if it's too late.


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Is the sick one in too much sun? The leaves on some of mine turned yellow a few years back and put out some iron and it got better.





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