Boxwood Shrubs
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Pruning boxwoods

Zone Florida 32779 | Anonymous added on November 9, 2018 | Answered

We have planted some small boxwoods to make a hedge. I feel they should be pruned periodically in order for the plant to become full. My husband says to leave them alone. Please help? Thank you very much! Gail [email protected]

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    drtreelove
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    Answered on November 10, 2018

    I vote for the middle way. Prune lightly to shape, but not severely.
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/boxwood/trimming-boxwood-bushes.htm

    And be sure to disinfect your pruning tools (Lysol aersol or 10% household bleach solution); there is a devastating fungal disease called "boxwood blight" that is spreading in some eastern US states including Florida now.
    I mention this not to scare you, but so that you can take preventive action to avoid the disease.
    See the section on 'Management' in this article:

    http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/pestalert/2015/09/15/boxwood-blight-detected-in-florida/

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