Asked on Nov 4, 2019

Could my holly tree be hogging all of the soil's moisture?

Courtney |The Kitchen GartenDeb KRedcatcec


hello - i have a few evergreen tress in my garden and one sits right next to this 10ft Holly Tree and i think the holly tree is taking all the moisture from my evergreen and it is slowly dying - what can i do ? I also have an Azazel bush that is dying to it also is near the holly tree - please help - thank you

4 answers
  • Johnavallance82
    on Nov 4, 2019

    Hello there,

    Dig up and replant the trees at the appropriate time or if not possible try to bury a bottomless bottle into the ground (upside down) very close to each tree and water and feed into that in the hope you can compensate for the holly.........

  • Redcatcec
    on Nov 4, 2019

    Yes, move the trees away from each other.

    The azalea bushes usually have a dense rootball, so be prepared to work some on that.

  • Deb K
    on Nov 4, 2019

    Hi MK, move both of them, Azeleas like sunshine and need their own space. chances are the little evergreen is struggling with the holly for nutrients as well, move him to a space where he will have good sunlight and his own food source. Hope this helps you.

  • Could you post a picture? Azaleas can often be an understory shrub, so it could be a different issue affecting it. I'd move the evergreen, and fall is usually a good time.

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