Privet hedge advise

Our privet hedge is slowly dying. The leaves are turning brown in certain areas and leaving the hedge bare. I fear I may have spread it by passing something across when using the shears. Any advise on what this may be and how to treat it would be appreciated. 


  • AsarumAsarum Posts: 280
    It's actually a Box hedge, Buxus sempervirums.  I don't know much about the problems with Box , but I'm sure someone else will.
    East Anglia
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 7,611
    edited 17 April
    I can see some webbing bottom right so suspect it's a caterpillar, maybe Box tree caterpillar:
    Give a section of the hedge a really good shake and see what falls out!
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • thank you for the advice. Gave it a shake and definitely caterpillars there. 
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