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Nov 14, 2016 9:33 PM CST
I have a struggling hedge of boxwood shrubs and am looking for help to narrow down the possible culprit. The shrubs appear to be browning out and looking almost burned on one side. The area has had moisture/drainage problems so one possibility is root rot or fungus of some sort. The second possibility is that the sun's reflection from the pool is burning the leaves much like the glare from snow would. I am taking any and all suggestions on how to go about identifying the source of the problem and combating it. Also what extra precautions should I take to winterize them?
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Nov 15, 2016 5:18 AM CST
Welcome! Boxwoods have a few problems but to narrow it down it would help if you could post a picture of the problem and also let us know roughly where you are located since not all boxwood problems occur in all areas. Also when you first noticed the browning (time of year) and whether it is beside a swimming pool or a garden pool.

In general for winterizing, assuming a fairly severe winter climate, you would make sure the hedge is well watered before the ground freezes and if it is exposed to cold winter winds and esthetics are not an issue you could use something like burlap as a windbreak and shade.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Nov 15, 2016 11:00 AM CST
There fickle ! Parts turn yellow from sunburn. Sometimes no confounded reason at all ??? They will green back up. Or not. If part dies. Then you cut back dead part of hedge and it will grow back. Poor drainage isn't good for any plant. And pool refection if thats where problem is occurring.
It helps to know where you live too !
Oh! Does pool water get splashed on hedge ? Thats no good !
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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