Disposing of Boxwood Blight

Asked April 2, 2015, 11:59 AM EDT

I "think" my Buxus sempervirens has boxwood blight, not positive. My research tells me it should be either burned or buried. As a MG I'm good with that, but as an average residential homeowner it troubles me. I'm struggling with easy vs wise. I'd like to simply stuff the shrubs into a lawn bag and label them "garbage". Please advise.

Anne Arundel County Maryland

3 Responses

Our plant pathologist looked at your photos, and you'll be glad to know these boxwoods did not die of boxwood blight. Boxwood blight causes the plants to defoliate heavily. There are other distinguishing symptoms as well, but this one made it easy to diagnose your plants from the photos.
Take a look at our website's boxwood blight info: http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/invasives/boxwood-blight

More good news: you can dispose of these any way you like.


Thank you so much. Using the on-line "Ask an Expert" worked wonderfully and I will also share that with people during my "Ask a MG" clinics.