HELP! Scrawny Podocarpus (pics)
Dear Garden Forum,
We planted a row of Podocarpus Gracilior about 2 1/2 years ago hoping to create a privacy fence. As you can see from the pictures, they have never really filled out, particularly close to the ground where you can really see the trunks of the trees. I have seen beautiful hedges of this particular type of Podocarpus -- in other people's yards! Any idea what we're doing wrong? The trees are planted about 1 foot apart and are watered 3-4 times a week (drip and sprayers)for about 7 minutes. The hillside run-off here is significant. Our gardener has suggested that some the trees were not planted deeply enough and that the rootball at ground level or above, which doesn't help the run off. It appears that the trees that get more water are doing better. Could this be a water issues? Will trimming make them more 'lush?'
Thank you for any advice you can give.
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