Q: My land is covered with mountain laurel, which I love. However, it looks rather scraggy and not well kept. I have lightly pruned it, but admit I don’t know what else to do. How can I care for and stimulate these lovely evergreens?
A: Laurels like slow-release organic fertilizer, so if you can rake away the leaves under them, put a layer of Milorganite or cottonseed meal or composted chicken beneath each one to stimulate growth. The stimulation then will allow you to do selective pruning over a couple of years to reduce their size and allow new vigorous growth from the base.