Q. Some of my very old boxwood bushes split in half during severe storms. What can I do to preserve them, if possible?
You will need to observe and assess all your damaged boxwoods. Some may spring back naturally, but others may need to be tied up and perhaps have branches repaired.
Viette's Dealing with Snow Damage provides good instructions for tying and repairing. See also the Morton Arboretum's Winter Injury to Trees and Shrubs and the section on boxwoods in The Washington Post's article on repairing winter damage.
In future, it's a good idea to wrap or support the box during the winter. Besides giving your bushes support, wrapping provides protection from winter wind and cold. Wrapping in burlap is very common.If you don't want to use burlap you can use sisal twine. It might be a good idea to simply incorporate wrapping into your yearly autumn gardening tasks.
For tips on a variety of gardening topics, see our Plant Information Guides.
- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service