We dragged the pesky, never before blooming rhody around back and stuck it in the shade, covered it’s roots with hay, and voila! Wouldn’t you know it? Blooms, and about 6 ” of new growth almost immediately. My Mum has convinced me to try gardening with hay. I admit I was a little (ok, a lot) skeptical at first, but I’m totally sold now. I’ve never had such an amazing improvement in my garden with so little work (and no weeds from the hay either!).