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What causes this on a boxwood.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by o-so-n-so, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,218

    Why is this boxwood browning out? Only five out of about 40 are doing this. These five are not isolated or planted any different than the others. They are very mature boxwoods. 4' X 4'

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  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

    It looks like desication from cold windy weather and not having enough water to keep from getting blasted.

    Katrina? or maybe some unusual cold in your area, or a dry late fall?

    We see that from time to time in the winter up here.
  3. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,899

    Look to see if the effected plants are planted too deep. If thats not the case dig the worse one up and see what you see, maybe something eating at the roots? If there is no rhyme or reason on the surface look below. Otherwise its MDS (mysterious death syndrome)
  4. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    Did Ya Trim Before It Got Cold . I Noticed A Few Of The Ones I Trimmed In The Fall Were Doing The Same Thing Thats Just How Boxwoods Respond Sometimes In The Winter .there Hardy They Wont Die They Will Be Green Again Soon See Ya George
  5. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,420

    The ones I have here at the house look like that every year, I've never thought anything of it and simply attributed it to seasonal dormancy patterns, they always look great come spring, and all our plantings are irrigated and fertilized. We are of course in a different climate zone than you are so maybe you guys have experienced some below normal temps this winter?
  6. Mlc gmc03

    Mlc gmc03 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 324

    its just from the cold winter winds they will come back just fine maybe one thing for next year would be to wilt proof them it has helped mine alot
  7. Justcutitshort

    Justcutitshort LawnSite Member
    Posts: 187

    It's just called "winter burn". Wilt proof or dorment oil will stop it. Here we wrap the shrubs with burlap. I spray with shoprite mineral oil. It's cheap and works excellent.
  8. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,010

    Any plastic installed under the boxwoods?
  9. DixieFerris

    DixieFerris LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 440

    they likely won't just 'come back' on their own. Be sure buy giving them a boost of "Hollytone" and if their is a mineral difficiency they will green right up and response fast
  10. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    Anybody going to mention that these boxwoods have a bug?The bug is not causing the damage..that is from cold.But the bug is there as well.

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