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Q.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!


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Answered on November 10, 2018

I vote for the middle way. Prune lightly to shape, but not severely.

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:


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