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Name: Janice Coltharp
Springfield, Missouri
JanC37
May 5, 2017 10:18 PM CST
My row of boxwoods along the foundation of my house is well established. I have never pruned them. This year, they look a little rough coming out of winter. Should they be pruned?
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
May 5, 2017 10:35 PM CST
Boxwood does well with regular pruning, and spring would be a good time to do it.
Porkpal

smokingdonkey
May 6, 2017 2:38 AM CST
porkpal said:Boxwood does well with regular pruning, and spring would be a good time to do it.


Only prune box hedging on a very cool day and better when its damp,
Box wood suffers badly from hedge bleaching
This is caused by the sap in the wood bleading after being cut and the sun drying the wood rather than each wound being able to stop bleeding the natural plant way,

Late evening is a good time "Not in direct hot sunny conditions"

I have a lot of box and ive always ensured all the little leaves are brushed off the freshly cut hedge both after the cutting and again the next day
You do this so the fresh cut box can get the light of day through and fresh air is allowed around the box,
if you leave any dead cut leaves on the box then these will block both air & light and cause bleaching effect ie the hedge turns white. Thumbs up
again i use a very fine spray after cutting.
Name: Janice Coltharp
Springfield, Missouri
JanC37
May 6, 2017 8:11 AM CST
Thanks for this very helpful information. I appreciate it. JanC37

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