pruning boxwoods - Knowledgebase Question

Canton, Ge
Question by apartworks
March 4, 2009
My boxwood has a dead spot in them. should they be cut closer to the ground and start over? Would they grow back healthier. When should they be pruned or cut back?

Answer from NGA
March 4, 2009


Boxwood can benefit from hard pruning (i.e. 6" deeper than the desired size) just before growth begins in late winter/early spring, as it stimulates a lot of new growth. If the shrub is in dry soil and full sun, water it deeply once per week, less often if the soil retains water well. Give it a balanced (5-5-5) fertilizer this spring. Topdress with a couple inches of compost, too, to enrich the soil. When growth is vigorous, shear the shrubs slightly again in late spring to form the shrub. It may take 2-3 years to get them back in shape, but once they are well filled out again, they will be hardy and require little care.

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