I should note deer avoid them because they are toxic. They are also toxic to cats and dogs, apparently. (We’ve had a lot of cats and dogs around over the years and not one has taken it upon themselves to try and eat a boxwood.) I’ve heard they’re also toxic to horses but I don’t know if that’s true.
10 tips to care for Boxwoods
Sanitizing tools to prevent blight
#1 tip to care for boxwoods
Timing for boxwood care
When is the best time to plant a boxwood?
#2 tip to care for boxwoods
When should boxwoods be cut back?
#3 tip to care for boxwoods
How to thin your boxwood
#4 tip to care for boxwoods
When should boxwoods be fertilized?
#5 tip to care for boxwoods
I learned this via an online search years ago and I am including the exact verbiage here:
Boxwoods benefit most from some fertilizing in spring to promote green growth or in late fall to promote root growth over winter. And know when not to add fertilizer: It’s never a good idea to fertilize boxwoods in the heat of summer, late in summer, or in winter. Fertilizing in late summer, before cool fall temperatures, can harm the plant by forcing new leaf growth just before winter cold and dormancy.
What fertilizer works best for boxwoods?
#6 tip to care for boxwoods
How do you mulch boxwoods?
#7 tip to care for boxwoods
Do boxwoods need full sun?
Like all things in the garden, the initial spot a boxwood is planted makes a difference. The best site includes partial sun year round and some protection from harsh winter winds. If you don’t have partial sun year round, they’ll likely do fine in a full sun environment. I’ve planted a few in full sun and they are happy!
Propagation: Bottom Branches of Boxwoods Self-Root
How do you cut the bottom branches?
#8 tip to care for boxwoods
What to know when planting a boxwood.
#9 tip to care for boxwoods
They should be planted slightly higher than you think– the roots are shallow– I put them in the ground just at the level of the highest root offshoot. It’s critical that the soil is well drained so sometimes you need to add a little gravel in this thick Virginia clay. I use a combination of some kind of organic miracle gro type product for shrubs, compost, gravel, and the clay that’s already making up the soil.
Why are the leaves on my boxwood turning yellow?
#10 tip to care for boxwoods
Apparently nitrogen deficiency is the culprit when lower leaves start yellowing, especially older leaves inside the plant. You can buy special nitrogen fertilizers if that happens.
How do you prevent snow from hurting your boxwood?
I made the horrible mistake our first winter here of going outside after a snowstorm and grabbing a broom to knock the snow off of the branches. Somehow it miraculously worked and saved the boxwood branches that were bending over from the weight of the snow. I got reeeeeally lucky.
PSEUDO-TIP: What we should have done, and what I’ve seen around our neck of the woods, is folks loosely tie a string around the branches and even cover each boxwood in a burlap sack prior to a big storm coming. That prevents the weight of the snow (or ice) from bending the branches over and killing them. It’s a big pain to do though when you have a lot of tall boxwoods! So…. do as I say, not as I do, because I’ve never done this but I know it’s the right thing!
Boxwoods are beautiful to behold and fun for kids to play in. My kids now have a little “house” within one of our biggest boxwoods and it makes me happy they’ve organically recreated the game my brother and I used to play decades ago. With any luck, our boxwoods will be around for years and years to come for the next generation of “houses” too! 🙂