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Advice Pests and Diseases

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 […]

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Best Biological Insecticides to Beat the Box Tree Caterpillar

The box tree caterpillar has been causing havoc since arriving here in the UK around 2007. Box tree moths lay their eggs on Buxus and the resulting caterpillars will feast voraciously on the leaves (and sometimes the stems) until the plant is stripped bare. Look out for the caterpillar between March and October. The box […]

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My Work Pests and Diseases

Oh Deer – What’s Happened to the Box Topiary

I’m bit of a perfectionist when it comes to topiary and enjoy achieving beautiful curves and straight lines with my work. I thought I had nearly achieved this with one of the designs I clip every year. The box has always battled with blight outbreaks so it was a challenge. But with the support of […]

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Managing Box Blight Outbreaks with a Fungicide

Autumn this year has been very wet and warm here in the UK. These are perfect conditions for fungal growth and outbreaks of box blight have been very common. Outbreaks can occur on the top or sides of the box and are identifiable by the browning and blackening of the foliage. These outbreaks occur almost […]

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Red Ants Damaging Box Hedging

I have another pest to add to the growing list of threats to a box plant’s health and well-being. This one is the red ant (Myrmica rubra). At a place where I work there had been a lot of head scratching trying to discover the reason why the leaves of single box plants were starting […]

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Mysterious Brown Circles Appearing on Box Hedging

I wanted to share with you a problem someone was having with their box hedging that surrounds a lawn area. Brown circular patches were appearing on the grass side of the hedge and were all at roughly the same height. The owner’s Labrador was being accused of causing the damage so I was pleased to […]

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Mussel Scale on Box

Mussel scale is a small insect that attaches itself to the stems of a box plant and sucks the sap. This can cause the foliage to discolour, turning yellow and orange. If the scale are left untreated the box may start to lose leaves and will have poor growth in the Spring. Have a close […]