Boxwoods are an excellent addition to a formal landscaped garden. They really can be shaped into almost any design your heart can think of. They’re know for being perfect in gardens, staying vibrant and green all throughout the year and even in the northern seasons. It’s not a secret that you will have some required affection to share with your boxwoods. Follow these easy steps to maintain beautiful boxwoods year round:
1. Avoid a mix and match boxwood hedge. If you have a boxwood hedge that needs replacement it is totally possible to have issue finding the exact same replacement to what you already got. This is a situation that you’d want to find some types with similar leaf. Boxes come in many different colors of green-so definitely look at what you have and what the nursery has and make some choices based on what will look good together. Undisputably, if you do not the results will show variable growth and color patterns including dimensionally and vibrance of color!
2. When building a new hedge or landscape, do some research to find a good boxwood for your region. Look for a boxwood that is a vigorous grower, drought tolerant and disease resistant.Northern climates are fantastic for Korean Boxwoods because this variety is unyielding to shrubbery disease.
3. The third thing to discuss here is getting about a half of a cup (per plant) of nice acidic (organic please) fertilizer that has peat, compost, dehydrated manuer and some of that special evergreen food and get it spread out around the bases of your boxwoods. It is also good to replenish the soil around the roots with compost every few years to keep the roots covered and protected and surrounded by their element.
4. Just because the boxwood is mostly obvious when it comes to pruning dosen’t mean that a tips aren’t necessary. Never, never, never prune the boxwoods late in the fall, and, always, always, always be sure to let new spring growth “harden off” before you go out give’em that first “hair cut” of the year. The growth that occurs due to fall pruning is only going to brown and die in the spring months, so unless you want that, I don’t recommend you prune till the following season. People enjoy beautiful bright green boxwoods in the winter and will really frown down on the dead brown. Most would agree having dead boxwoods is worse than having a little shag going on.
5. A shallow root system on boxwoods typcially leads to this type of schrub drying out rather quickly. So always remember to mulch your boxwood’s. This will protect their roots and help the roots retain moisture. The flip side of this is to be careful not to over mulch them to the point where you have buried the base of the plant and you end up creating a rotten bark situation that could ultimately kill the bush. Moderation is the key even in the garden.
6.Periodically do a check of your boxes for fungal type diseases. Generally quite strong and capable, even boxwoods have been know to ocassionaly be overrun by plant illness. Do some reading up on your boxs’ if you have suspicion that the problem is more than simply winter damage. A large portion of the tree problems and infestations can be taken care of with a spray. It would be best to know for certain what toxic sprays you need prior to using them by completly investigating your problemed areas. This is not always as easy as it sounds, but you might have to just dig out the shrub that is causing you the issues before it gets worse. Even though a single bush replacement is fairly cheap, it’s when you have to replace the whole hedge that things get to be more costly.
Good luck and enjoy the lush evergreen of your boxes in your formal or not so formal landscape-they are always a great shrub choice for any garden.