What happened to my English Boxwoods?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by oOTurfmanoO, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. oOTurfmanoO

    oOTurfmanoO LawnSite Member
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    We installed these guys last September, trimmed them and that was it. We were/are scheduled to finish everything this Spring.

    Why do they look like this? It seems that the ones closer to the house are not as bad and if you look inside of them it is still reletively green. From what I hear it's wind damage as these guys are not tolerable of excessive winds.
    Do you think they will bounce back? Some are yellow but still fel fleshy and others seem crisp as a new 100 dollar bill!

    They were purchased from a wholesaler so there is no warranty with them. But the reality of it is it was a n act of God right? I did not buy/sell/install $hitty material so there would be nadda to stand behind for a return.

    Any input....



  2. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    Root fungus or english boxwood decline. Was there alot of snow on them over the winter?
  3. Horizon Lawn

    Horizon Lawn LawnSite Member
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    i believe it will trim out of them this spring. It looks to me like they are just suffering from the cold of the winter.
  4. betmr

    betmr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Did your customer keep up with watering them ?
  5. betmr

    betmr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I looked at your picture again. Look at the ones behind the shed, they are greener, No ? Could this be wind damage drying the foliage ? just a thought. Cold wind off that pond.
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    The last trimming on the boxwoods was too late last year.

    The newer growth wasn't hardy enough to withstand the cold and wind.

    Next year, do the last pruning earlier in the season.
  7. oOTurfmanoO

    oOTurfmanoO LawnSite Member
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    yep, it seems as though the ones closer to the home are less damaged. Some of the plants have no green in them.

    Would I be responsible for this?
  8. yardatwork

    yardatwork LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'd blame it on the winter. Boxwoods are hard to kill. They should rebound and green up. If doable, trim out/off all the brown and you'll get new green growth.
  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Possibly, did you do a contract?? Did you discuss with the HO about warranty on the plants ?? Do you personally offer any sort of warranty either expressed or implied ?? Did you do research on the plant to make sure it would work in those conditions ?? Do you want to keep a good reputation ?? All questions you have to ask yourself.

    I buy all my plants from local nurseries instead of doing wholesale. 75% of the time they have a 1 year warranty on most plants, trees, and shrubs, then I'm not 100% responsible for the cost of materials if a warranty issue arises.
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've seen a lot of boxwoods take a beating this year. The winter was extremely hard on them in our area, and it seems like there are a lot of guys planting them in areas where they shouldn't.

    I struggled at one place to keep them alive for 3 years because the HO insisted I try to save them. Nothing like planting next to a side-walk, that gets salted heavily, and exposed directly to the north-west winds. I finally talked them into ripping them out and doing something different.

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