I Killed a Holly
I managed to kill off a Foster's Holly and before I rush out to get a replacement I would like to learn what I did wrong. I could take a current picture, but it is basically some dead stick with some brown leaves. The holly was purchased last fall from a reputable nursery and planted in the ground. I believe that this was during the first week of November 2004.
It looked good over the winter and put out a bit of new growth in the spring. At this point I noticed some brown leaves near the bottom of the tree, but most of the holly was green and the new growth looked great. It was a reasonably hot and dry summer, but I think I kept the area watered enough. I would drag out the hose when the nearby (also planted fall of 2004) oakleaf hydrangea or rhododendron started to droop. Late summer has been very dry and I have been watering on a regular basis. The other plants in this bed seem to be doing pretty good, but the holly is dead.
Yea, I know it is probably a bit hard to diagnose the problem with this limited knowledge. What moisture level do Hollies prefer? This spot is fairly dense deciduous shade, but I thought it would be okay for a Foster's Holly. The soil is in pretty good shape. I applied a 3" or so layer of shredded wood mulch. There are a lot of nearby trees that I imagine are fighting for moisture.
The link below is a picture to the bed that was taken this spring. The Holly is in the back corner. I appreciate any ideas that you can give me. Should I plant another Holly in this location?
Here is a link that might be useful: