Boxwoods - changing colors :( - Knowledgebase Question

wichita, Ka
Question by spangus8
June 11, 2009
We have 3 winter gem boxwoods that we planted this spring. They are changing colors to a yellowish/brownish color. Are they dying? They are being watered daily by our drip system, is that too much water, or not enough? Also could our miracle grow food be killing them (they only recieved it twice). Please help!!!

Answer from NGA
June 11, 2009


Daily watering is a little too much for your boxwoods. When the soil remains too wet it can suffocate the roots. Instead of watering daily, take them off the drip system and water them by hand until they recover. One deep soaking a week - two if the weather is really hot and the soil drains quickly. Try watering them deeply then waiting 3-4 days and poking your finger into the soil. If it is still moist one inch below the surface, don't water for another few days. If the soil is dry, it's time to water. Hope they recover soon!

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