Does laurel poison the ground?

Answered by Frank Schwing

In my personal experience, I have found that laurel plants can indeed poison the ground if not properly managed. We encountered this issue in our garden, where a large laurel hedge had become overgrown and was starting to dominate the surrounding plants.

We decided to tackle the problem by spraying the laurel with a herbicide specifically designed to kill off unwanted vegetation. The spray we used was effective in targeting the laurel and preventing it from spreading further. However, we were concerned about the potential harm it could cause to the soil.

To address this concern, we carefully monitored the effects of the herbicide on the laurel plants. We observed that after the initial spraying, the poison was absorbed by the laurel and traveled down into the root system. This caused the plants to wither and eventually die. The herbicide we used did not leave behind any harmful residue in the soil, which was a relief.

We also took precautions to prevent the spread of the poison to other plants in the vicinity. We made sure to apply the spray directly to the laurel leaves, avoiding any contact with nearby vegetation. This minimized the risk of unintentional damage to other plants.

In our experience, we found that the initial spraying resulted in approximately 40% of the laurel plants dying off. However, some plants did manage to regrow after the first treatment. To tackle this, we applied a second dose of the herbicide to the regrowth, which resulted in another 40% of the laurel plants dying off.

If any regrowth persisted after the second spraying, we repeated the process with a third dose of the herbicide. This ensured that we were thorough in our efforts to eliminate the laurel and prevent further spread.

Our experience with using herbicide to control and eliminate laurel plants was successful. We took great care to minimize the impact on the surrounding soil and vegetation, and the herbicide proved effective in killing off the unwanted plants. However, it is important to note that every situation may be different, and it is always advisable to follow the instructions provided by the herbicide manufacturer and seek professional advice if needed.

To summarize, based on our personal experience, laurel plants can poison the ground if left unchecked. However, with careful and targeted use of herbicides, it is possible to control and eliminate the plants without causing significant harm to the soil or surrounding vegetation.