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rach04rach04 Posts: 2


please could anyone tell me why my box hedging is looking like this

Last edited: 19 October 2016 15:19:34


  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    May be box blight? If it is, the only recourse is to dig it all out and burn or dispose. I think the spores stay in the ground so it may not be possible to replant with box. 

    Last edited: 19 October 2016 15:31:44

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,227

    Monty had this in his garden and had to get rid of it.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    The bottom pic just looks as though it has been cut a bit too hard back and has not as yet had a chance to grow back. The top pic looks as though it is dead in the middle and the sides look very unwell also. If the hedges don't recover in the spring then it probably is blight and they will need to be removed.

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,057

    or do what MD does and leave it there for about 5 years and it still looks cr*p.

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Monty don has dug out a lot of his box hedging- it was on one of the programmes. 

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  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Posts: 3,845

    We have been seriously hit with box blight. 

    Monty didn't dig it all out, we clean out the base of  hedge (clean your shears after use)  burn all clippings

    give a seaweed weed in the spring and hardly cut it, just a light trim. Replant your gaps with a blight resistant box After 6 years we are looking much better and glad we didn't rip it out

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • rach04rach04 Posts: 2

    Thank you for all the replies. I am going to leave it until the spring as I have 4 of these beds and they are all looking the same. There is some new growth showing in some parts where it looked dead. It gets very windy here and the beds are very exposed, so could that be a factor? 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,057

    wind is good. Blight loves still , damp conditions, so the wind, in this instance , is your friend.

    Whatever you do, don't go clipping it in November, as , erm. "someone" did, to his cost.

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