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Boxwood Dying off... Pics...???? Help please

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Boaz, May 9, 2013.

  1. Boaz

    Boaz LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 85

    I have a client that wants to "save" these. The branches are brittle, there doesn't appear to be insects on the leaves. His yard is moist and holds some water but nothing major. Any input would be appreciated.

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  2. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,652

    That's a Japanese Holly. So don't try to save it. Replace
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  3. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 826

    That one looks too far gone to save. I would replace it. I have pruned back the deadwood on a few that weren't as bad and they eventually filled in, however that one is beyond that point. Make sure that mulch isn't built up around the base of the shrub too much. I usually just mulch up to just under the "canopy" and leave the area around the base of the plant free of mulch.
     
  4. Boaz

    Boaz LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 85

    Any idea what caused this?
     
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    Completely wrong, but that's OK.

    Could have been some sort of dessication that caused it, but not not sure why you are getting major sections of each bush that is dieing.

    Up here, we see bronzing and winter dessication that causes some death to boxwoods, but not as extreme as the pics that you posted.

    Find out how old they are, it might be a matter of maturity and the way they have been pruned. we normally let boxwoods hold their natural shape and just keep them cleaned up.

    If not too old, then moisture might be the cause. Almost all evergreens hate wet feet.

    there is also noticeable new growth towards the base of the bad sections. Take some pruners and cut out old section to hopefully get some new growth, but it will take a couple of years for them to fill in.



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  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    Actually, looking at some pics, you might be right.

    But, it's hard to say without looking at the plant in person.


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  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,245

    Alot of the peoblems are caused by keeping it the same size and never cutting deep into the plant. We try to keep everything looking well kept but ultimately were alaways cutting off the new growth. If time permits Ill cut into shaped shrubs with hand pruners a little and try to do it a way that its not noticeable.

    Then it could have spider mites or something but the new growth looks healthy. You could try cutting out the dead stuff and thinning the rest and see what happens. One thing that works on a bug problem is "systemic" rose fertilzer.
    No matter what you do the plant is gonna look bad for a couple of years.
     
  8. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,652

    Look at the leaves. They are not alternating. Boxwoods have the same kind of problem but it is usually less severe. If i remember correctly it is a disease and nothing more. They are very prone to that problem which is why they are found less and less at local nursery s around here in nc.
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  9. RWI

    RWI Banned
    from GA
    Posts: 125

    Those are Japanese soft touch hollies or "compacta hollies". They just die. There is never an explanation except that they are crappy shrub that you never want to spec on a job. They all need to be replaced with something like a winter gem boxwood or a wintergreen boxwood.
     
  10. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,652

    Wrong plant structure, texture, leaf characteristics, and growth habits. Also, soft touch hollies stay very compact. I also disagree that it is a bad choice. For a thick low growing shrub as an accent to a tree or larger landscape item they work very well. They do have their problems but also benefits
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