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My Top Three Topiary Shears

Over the years I have developed quite a collection of topiary shears. They all have their own different characteristics, and that’s not just the price. Some work better on thicker stemmed shrubs, others are more suitable for a faster clipping action – a lot depends on their weight, balance and type of steel used to […]

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Act Quickly to Beat Box Blight

In one of the larger gardens where I work, we’ve been having a lot more success with controlling box blight. Weather conditions have been very similar to last year when blight was really bad – a warm, wet autumn. But the difference this year is our speed of action. As soon as I or one […]

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Sun scorch always a risk with Buxus

The mini heatwave we had earlier this month has been playing havoc with my box trimming. The weather on two days was too hot and sunny to even contemplate clipping box. In extreme sunny weather and with temperatures in the thirties (Celsius), the risk of sun scorch is too high. And the risk to the […]

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Dieback on newly planted Buxus

A couple of the box balls at a property where I often work are not looking good. The Buxus was planted in April- not by me I should add. Symptoms Box blight is my first concern, especially with browning of leaves like this. But no tell-tale black streaks are on the stems- an indication of […]

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My clipping day

I normally work an eight hour day. About an hour is spent unloading and loading tools. This includes disinfecting the clipping equipment, sharpening the blades and laying out the drop sheets to catch the trimmings. About five hours is spent clipping. Add on two fifteen minute breaks and half an hour for lunch. This is […]

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My shear sharpening routine before clipping

I thought sharing my pre-clipping routine maybe of interest. I always sharpen my shears before clipping. Sharp blades achieve a cleaner cut, which helps the topiary recover quicker. I start by dipping the shears in a bucket of water with a splash of bleach. The water is frothy in the video but I don’t know […]

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Spotting early signs of box blight

The weather recently has been quite humid so I was not surprised to spot the first indications of box blight. When clipping I noticed the blackening of a few leaves on top of the box plant. This is an early sign of a box blight outbreak. If ignored the blackening would spread across the top […]