The classic Boxwood

Boxwood 2Boxwoods are very popular in Columbus area landscapes. Especially in the older parts of town.

They became less popular in the 90’s during the building boom and were replaced by the new, chic youpan. Things have a way of coming full circle and shrubs in the landscape are no exception.

A lot of people have starting using this classic again for its formal elegance and stately appearance. Though it has these traits, it’s suited in less formal settings as well, making it almost universal.

If you have recently renovated your landscape with them or are considering adding them, here are a few things to consider.

-Well drained soil

Boxwoods need well drained soil. Heavy soil, such as clay, can cause the roots to stay wet and develop root rot. When this happens, you will see it start to turn light brown in patches and eventually die.


When you trim your boxwoods, always clean up the clippings that get left behind. Dead leaves under and inside the shrub can harbor fungus and disease. Also, always prune back dying branches to healthy stock and thin the outer branches to encourage air circulation.

-Full sun

Boxwoods like full sun to light shade. Keep them out of full shade areas. They may live, but won’t thrive.

-Animal pests

If you have dead patches start to form on the lower branches, this could indicate a dog or cat marking it’s territory. If this happens, cut the dead out and spray with a repellent.

These are just a few tips for taking care of this classic shrub. Keep them in mind for your next landscaping project. Like I mentioned earlier, they are at home in almost any setting.

If you would like to know more, please give us a call and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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