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]
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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: