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Question: 1397-4716
We have blue rug juniper and mountain laurel growing in a large bed. e are near the woods. There is a lichen growing on the laurel. The rug juniper seem to be choking them out. Can we trim away the junipers and how far? Any help is appreciated. Cecile, Warwick, RI

Mort's Answer:
Lichen is a fungus that grows in algae. Spray with a fungicide each fall to inhibit the fungal growth. Juniper is an alternate host in the winter for fungi. There are probably other junipers in the woods nearby, so this is an annual task to protect your laurel. Cleaning out the rug Junipers to about a foot from the mountain laurel will allow water to reach their roots. Although this is not the root of your problem, it helps the vigor of the plants.

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