shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

little rock, Ar
Question by brown5113
March 21, 2010
thank you the shrubs i was asking about was the boxwood shrubs.

Answer from NGA
March 21, 2010


It was a lucky guess on my part! Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) is an evergreen perennial shrub commonly grown for its compact growth habit and ease of care.
You can plant boxwood plants during mid-spring after all danger of frost has passed. Choose a planting site that receives partial shade to full sunlight throughout the day and consists of well-drained, moist soil.

Use a shovel to dig a hole in the soil of equal depth and twice as wide as the root ball of the boxwood plant. Loosen the roots with your hand and insert them directly into the hole. Gently cover with soil and water well to help settle the soil.

Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of mulch over the soil surrounding boxwood plants to deter weeds, improve moisture retention and insulate the soil. Replenish the mulch as often as necessary throughout the growing season to keep it around 2 inches thick.

Water plants once per week during the spring, summer and fall to prevent the soil from drying out completely. Increase the frequency of watering to twice per week during periods of extreme heat or drought.

Feed boxwood plants twice per year, once during early spring and again in midsummer. Use a granular 10-10-10 NPK fertilizer to provide proper nutrition. Water after applying to release the nutrients into the soil. Apply at the rate recommended on the package.

You can prune your in late winter before active growth resumes in spring. Use pruning shears to remove any damaged, leggy, overgrown, bare or diseased limbs to improve appearance and health of the plants.

Hope this answers all your questions!

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