Inherited Hydrangea Not Looking so Well
I am need of your help. We moved into our house over Labor Day last year (2012) and the previous owner had a hydrangea in the back yard. He was not a green thumb at all. This year, the hydrangea looks sick. It gets a lot of morning and mid-day sun and a dogwood tree provides shade in the later afternoon. Its leaves are covered in spots.
I have collected fallen leaves and sprayed a fungicide in case it was a leaf spot fungus, and deadheaded the blooms recently after they faded. I have also fed it Holly Tone in July. But, no avail.
What should I do? Wait for the winter to see the fungus dies with the cold? Remove the plant and start anew? Thoughts or suggestions would be most helpful.
I am planning on cutting it back 1/3 in May/June of 2014 if we keep it.