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Boxwood Maintenance

The Boxwood is a beautiful, evergreen, versatile plant. A beautiful Buxus hedge or a few tightly pruned topiaries give your garden a beautiful and exclusive appearance. To make sure that your Boxwood stays in top condition, the plant needs some care. With the help of the following tips and points of attention this will be a piece of cake and your plants will look magnifiscent all year round!

Planting Boxwood

In principle Boxwood can be planted all year round, but the best time to plant Boxwood is from autumn (October) through spring (April).
Make sure the Boxwood is planted in rich black soil so it will thrive best. Dig up the ground in the planting area well before planting your Boxwood. Dig a planting hole for balls/pyramids or other pruning forms, or dig a trench to create a hedge.

Tip: To make a perfectly straight trench, you can span a piece of string along which you can dig.

Place the plant in the planting hole, or place the plants next to each other in the trench, so that the stems are just below the surface.
Now dress the plant with the dug up soil and press firmly.
Then give the plant plenty of water so that it can establish itself.



Boxwood in pot

Boxwoodcan also be kept in a pot. Preferably take Buxus plants with a root ball, or plants that have already been grown in a pot. Plant the Boxwoodin a pot that is at least as wide as the plant itself.
With Boxwoodin a pot it is extra important that the plant is regularly fertilised with TOPBUXUS Grow .
Make sure that the plant gets enough water, especially in dry, sunny periods. Preferably do not place the plant in full sunlight.

Fertilization

Boxwood is a real glutton. Therefore, fertilise your plants 3 times per season with TOPBUXUS GROW. Sprinkle the granules on the soil around your plants, in mid-April, mid-June and mid-August, every time the new leaves start to grow. Sprinkle the granules on the ground around your Boxwood. Make sure the granules are NOT sprinkled in the crop, this can cause leaf burn.
TOPBUXUS GROW is a professional Buxus fertiliser that ensures that your plants receive the correct amount of nutrition they need, so they retain their beautiful colour and can grow healthily. TOPBUXUS GROW is a complete Boxwood fertiliser, it is not necessary to add extra lime when using this special Buxus fertiliser.

Pruning

To create a beautiful Buxus hedge or shape, it is important to prune it annually. Preferably prune once a year before the longest day of the year. When the plant then starts to grow new shoots again, the new twigs will have sufficient time to harden before the winter sets in. This way your Boxwood will look beautiful all year round.
Use ordinary or electric hedge trimmers with sharp blades. Do not prune in full sun as this can cause burning, resulting in brown leaves on your Boxwood.

A clean environment

The basis for healthy Boxwoodis created by creating a clean environment around your plants. You can do this by applying a layer TOPBUXUS Carpet under/along your plants. Besides the aesthetic aspect, this mulch layer provides a "cushion" around the plants, preventing rainwater from splashing up, as splashing water is a major cause of Boxwood Blight. At the same time, rainwater is allowed through so that puddles are less likely to form.
TOPBUXUS Carpet It also ensures that weeds do not get through as easily.

Watering

In recent years we have had a few very dry summers. With longer periods of drought, it is of course important to give the Boxwoodextra water, preferably at the foot of the plant. If you spray over the plants for a long time, there is a chance that Boxwood Blightwill appear in your plants.
You can also place a drip hose along your Boxwood, this way you can water your Boxwoodin a good and simple way without the risk of Boxwood Blight.

Here, too, the application of a layer TOPBUXUS Carpet of added value. The Carpet keeps the soil airy and provides an insulating layer so the soil does not dry out as quickly and you do not have to water as much.

What's wrong with my Boxwood?

If your Boxwood is not looking as good as it should, this may have various causes. For example, there may be an infestation by the Boxwood Caterpillar or Boxwood Blight, or perhaps your plant is simply too dry or too wet. The solution is often simple, but finding out exactly what is wrong is often the hardest part. We have dedicated a separate article to recognising and dealing with various problems.

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