How do I save my boxwoods?

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I have 9 boxwoods in my flowerbeds and they look like they’re dying. Some are turning a yellowish color and have long stems with no leaves on them. Others has white spots that begin at the top of the leaf and look as if they are stealing into the steam area. Also I have a few small ones that appear is if something is eating them?? The ends of the plant are just cut off. I have no idea where to start?

q how do i save my boxwoods
q how do i save my boxwoods
q how do i save my boxwoods
q how do i save my boxwoods
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  • Make sure that you water your boxwood enough to keep the soil moist. You can also add an inch of mulch near where the root is located. this will help in keepingsoil moisture. It is also okay to prune out any dead or diseased branches with shears, cutting back to just outside a set of leaves.


  • Gloria Green Gloria Green on Sep 05, 2021

    No not now but maybe in the future. Lol Keep the soil moist, add an inch mulch near roots prune dead or diseased branches

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 05, 2021

    Cut them all back to what looks like a healthy plant. Spray on plant revivor all over the foliage. Water the roots and leave. Get rid of all the diseased foliage, Take cuttings from the good. and wait and hope.

  • You have been given lots of good advice. I would also check with your local nursery or Cooperative Extension to see if there is a pest/parasite that is a problem in your area. If there is, you will need to treat it.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Sep 05, 2021

    Hello for the best local professional advice

    I would highly suggest contacting your cooperative extension. These offices are manned by volunteer master gardeners on site there waiting to answer the communities questions that know your local situation quite well.

    Master gardeners are required to volunteer back designated hours ( plus continuing education) each year to maintain MG certification -this community outreach and education is their goal.


    You might call them and discuss your situation along with providing the specific details they request. In my area in Central Virginia there is the incidence boxwood blight sometimes a detailed examination of the plant is necessary. Sometimes the plant is even sent to the University for diagnosis.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 05, 2021

    Fungicide for the white. Sounds like watering has been insufficient or too much. Not sure how to correct if you’ve had too much rain other than adding drainage.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 05, 2021

    Ask your cooperative extension since it is many boxwoods and not just 1, they should be able to adivse you and give you a pinpointed cause and what you can do about it.

  • Stephie McCarthy Stephie McCarthy on Sep 05, 2021

    It's most likely the blight that is going around. Make sure if you replace them, you get the virus resistant boxwood.

  • Susan Susan on Sep 05, 2021

    Thin them out by removing sections that seem crammed too tight. Let more room for air and water to enter the boxwood leaves and roots. Give it some plant food in early spring to support and enrich the soil.

  • Deb K Deb K on Sep 06, 2021

    Hi Gloria, this is a great link with lots of information, hope it helps you out!

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/boxwood/yellow-or-brown-boxwoods.htm

  • I would bring in a photo to a local nursery and they should be able to advise you on what products you need to fix them.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Sep 06, 2021

    Yes sounds like a bug try Home Depot and get a couple of bottles of spray for that plant

  • Dee Dee on Sep 09, 2021

    My boxwoods got like this during the February freeze. I clipped all the dead and dwindling branches off. Gave it some fertilizer and watered well after the freeze. I have kept trimming until they started growing back in the spring. All is looking good now. So keep trimming.