Boxwood drying out

Asked May 26, 2018, 11:29 PM EDT

A pair of boxwood in a rounded mound shape line my driveway. For the last couple of months, I have been noticing entire clusters drying and dying. The plant has thinned out quite a bit as you can see. Any hope of saving it and getting it to grow again.

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1 Response

Stresses from drought or excess water, excessive mulch, soil compaction, deep planting, the addition of soil over the root zone, and root injury from construction all can lead to poor growth of boxwoods. They are also susceptible to fungal diseases and insect pests. Any combination of these factors can lead to boxwood decline. You can read about boxwood decline here on our website. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/boxwood-decline-trees-and-shrubs

The best thing to do would be to prune your boxwoods, thinning out the branches from the center of the plant to increase sunlight penetration and promote better air circulation. Pruning will also help to stimulate new growth on the plants. Take a look at our video on boxwood pruning for guidance on how to prune them correctly. https://youtu.be/3i8mcoKapeY

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