The Q&A Archives: Dwarf boxwood

Question: For two seasons now I have planted and replanted dwarf boxwood. Have 12 lining the back row (near the brick of the house) of my front garden. Some live and others die. Not sure why? Could I be planting too deeply in ground? Are the roots on top too exposed? Or does the time of planting matter much?
Please help? It's getting rather costly.

Answer: If only some of your boxwoods are not thriving, it could be soil drainage problems in those particular areas. Before replanting, mix some organic matter into the planting bed. Use aged manure or compost and dig it in well to help the soil drain well. When you plant, dig a hole just slightly larger than the nursery pot (set the pot in the hole to make sure the depth and width is just right). Unpot the boxwood and set it in the hole. Your goal is to have it growing at the same soil depth as it was growing in the pot. Backfill with the soil you removed from the planting hole and tamp it down, then water thoroughly to help settle the soil. Water your boxwoods deeply once each week to help the root systems establish and remember to water them once each week during the growing season. If you keep the soil too moist, they'll develop root rot so check to make sure that the water drains well from the planting area. Best wishes with your boxwoods!

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