The Q&A Archives: boxwood trouble

Question: My boxwood looks terrible this year. It is planted near the house, and this year it is yellow and dead looking. Last two years it looked fine, and I trimmed it once. Don't know how old it is, I'm new owner of the home. What can be done to revive it?

Answer: Sounds like some winter damage to me. Boxwoods tend to drop their oldest leaves and then replace them with new ones. I'd take a wait and see attitude with the boxwoods. By mid summer you should have a better idea of what needs to be pruned off to allow the new green leaves to take center stage. Best wishes with your boxwoods!

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