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Boxwood

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Question: 462-3610
What causes the boxwood to have such a foul oder and why ? Wayne and Phyllis

Mort's Answer:
Boxwood has its own peculiar scent. Many other plants have distinctive scents.

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Question: 831-4112
We have four boxwood. One of them yellowing. It is on the northwest corner. We lost one of them this past year. What do you think? Marlene, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
You should check for scale or spider mites. Since the beginning of this year, your zone is now 6. This means more plants like box can be grown in your area. Because the plants are vulnerable to cold winds, I suspect they are suffering winter damage. Move the yellowed box to an area where they will have sun at least a half day. Spider mite or scale can be treated out of doors with malathion. Follow directions on the label, if needed.

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Question: 1258-2015
My three foot boxwood got a lot of winter damage. How far back can I cut them? Minnie, Preston, CT

Mort's Answer:
Most folks make topiary out of boxwood. You can cut them back an even six inches. If the damage is deeper in spots, cut into the bush to a clean green branch. Be sure your shears are sharp. You do not want any tears. It will fill in nicely. We are anticipating prolonged winters in southeast New England. If this reoccurs next year, consider a more protected area for your box.

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Question: 1425-1817
The top halve of my boxwood hedge in my front yard is yellow. Boxwood in the back of the house is not. I fertilized all this past fall with a soluble. What is wrong? Jason, East Lyme, CT

Mort's Answer:
My first thought is spring burn, which is easy to cut off. Another possibility is grubs in the front lawn. You will need to apply a grubicide soon. You can dig down a few inches now, to see if they are feeding on the roots of the lawn and boxwood. Do not fertilize again for five years.

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