When can you not trim boxwoods?

When can you not trim boxwoods?

When can you not trim boxwoods?

Boxwoods can be trimmed at any time of year, but, for plant health, it's best to avoid shearing in the late fall. The new growth that appears after trimming boxwood bushes may not have time to harden off before frost. Shearing or trimming may be done with hand shears or with electric hedge clippers.

What is the best time of year to trim boxwoods?

spring The best time for overall pruning to shape boxwoods is in the early spring. However, trimming stray branches and thinning cuts can be done anytime during the growing season.

Will boxwoods grow back?

"Boxwoods can be cut back pretty dramatically and they'll re-grow nicely. That's not true of all evergreens. ... But most evergreens with random branching—like boxwood, arborvitae, junipers and yews—will develop new growth in areas cut completely back.

What should I plant in front of my boxwoods?

Good companion plants with textural contract include thyme, hosta, lady's mantle, lirope, germander, rosemary or sage. Combine boxwood with low-growing shrubs with yellow or dark-colored foliage. This will add both color and texture. If the shrubs flower or produce berries, that creates even more interest.

What is the best fertilizer for boxwoods?

Slow-release, balanced fertilizers are best for boxwood, and a granular form of urea fertilizer 10-6-4 is recommended. You also can use aged manure or cottonseed meal if your plant appears healthy, as long as you are making sure your boxwood has plenty of nitrogen.

How long do boxwood shrubs live?

Common Boxwood Lifespan: 20-30 Years.

Which does boxwood grow the tallest?

The tallest can grow to heights of around 20 feet. Boxwoods vary in height quite widely, depending on the species and cultivar. The tallest are cultivars of the common or American boxwood (Buxus sempervirens). This is by far the most common boxwood and it's also the species with the most cultivars -- around 400.

What to plant around boxwoods?

Good companion plants with textural contract include thyme, hosta, lady's mantle, lirope, germander, rosemary or sage. Combine boxwood with low-growing shrubs with yellow or dark-colored foliage.

What's wrong with my boxwood?

If your boxwood is dying in its middle, it may be Root Rot. Fortunately, the chances of Root Rot can be reduced with using proper planting practices. Boxwoods should not be planted in poorly drained compacted soil or in areas where water collects.

How much space between boxwoods when planting?

If the intention is to grow a small and formal hedge, plant the boxwoods 6 to 8 inches apart. If using the larger-growing varieties that have taller mature heights, space the plants 18 to 30 inches apart, as recommended by the Purdue Cooperative Extension.

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