What's wrong?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by chris buck, Apr 1, 2007.

  1. chris buck

    chris buck LawnSite Member
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    I don't do landscaping but thought you guys could help me out. I trimmed back these bushes at my house about a week ago about 1/4 in and by the next day they looked like this. They were green with no sign of this before. what is wrong, and is there anything I can do to fix it or is the best thing to just pull them up and plant new ones. Thanks!

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  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    That died back happened overnight? Looks like winter kill off to me.
  3. chris buck

    chris buck LawnSite Member
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    It doesn't make sense to me. It was in the 70's when I trimmed these back, and like I said i only cut maybe 1/4 inch off. Kinda puzzling to me, just hoping someone could help me out.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ahhh that type of boxwood is so delicate, I don't know how many times I've had this happen, best I can tell you is night time temps can not go much below 50 for about a week when you prune, in addition to 70 degree day time temps.

    Beyond that they're just delicate as all, they really are.
    Poor things, somedays it seems I must've looked at one some kinda wrong and they do that lol.
    But if you ever figure it out, let me know, I've been dealing with this for years, I usually wait until late April to even touch them, even then sometimes it happens.

    The good news is they'll come back, just takes a while of it looking like that, they'll be ok, I'm 99% sure of it.
    Not a whole lot you can do that I know of, just have to wait and see, maybe give them a little bit of water.
  5. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Did you put a spray lubricant on the blades before you trimmmed? I have seen damage like that from spray lubricants that were toxic, ie WD40. Just seems really fast for that damage to show up. Wierd.
  6. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Was the gas cap loose?
  7. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Really looks like winter burn to me. And you are saying you trimmed them? They don't look trimmed to me. I have NEVER seen Boxwoods turn like that overnight!

  8. terrapro

    terrapro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    sumthin is fishy, i was also thinking that these have not seen a trimmer since last year

    i think this guy needs to come clean. if you look closely at the second picture the dead portion is shorther than the green foliage. this has been like this for longer than overnight
  9. McKeeLand

    McKeeLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 681

    looks like the maid poured her bucket of bleach water on them.:laugh:
  10. chris buck

    chris buck LawnSite Member
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    I did not trim these with gas trimmers, just hand shears. You don't have to believe me, I don't care, but that is what happened. They were fine, they were trimmed and one or maybe two days later they looked like this. I was just hoping someone could help me, evidentally you can't or don't want to. Sorry for bothering you.

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