Boxwood winter gem - Knowledgebase Question

Shelton, Co
Question by francinedibi
May 11, 2009
I have 4 winter gem boxwoods.One is new from last year and is doing fine and very good green color. One is half dry and dead looking .Do I feed it and with what and do I trim the dead looking branches. THe other 2 are not as green as they should be and a little yellow. I was told they probably have

Answer from NGA
May 11, 2009


You can prune or shear your boxwoods just as they begin to grow this spring. Pruning will remove any leaf miner infested leaves. Leaf miners are difficult to control because they are protected between the upper and lower leaf surfaces so cutting off the infested leaves and raking them out of the garden will control the next generation. Boxwoods can suffer from winter damage or from root rot if the soil remains too wet for extended periods of time. Let's hope that shearing your plants back will remove the dead foliage and your boxwoods will recover later this spring. Feed your plants with a general purpose garden fertilizer such as a 10-10-10. Hope your plants recover soon!

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