On our travels this summer, we have come across an unusual number of cases of Buxus blight, also known as box blight. Here we discuss what box blight is, how to recognise it, and how to get box blight treatment.
London Box Hedges
Box hedges are very popular in South West London, especially in areas such as Wandsworth and Wimbledon, as they make attractive hedges and borders that do not take up much space. They provide greenery all year round and are not require such extensive maintenance as other species used for compact hedging such as privet.
What Causes Box Blight?
Two types of fungus, which are often found together, that affects the leaves and stems, cause box blight. The fungus can cause the leaves to go brown and fall, which can lead to bare patches. Unfortunately, there are no known resistant Buxus plants available, but it is possible to treat with commercially available fungicide sprays.
Need Box Blight Treatment?
If your Buxus plants have been suffering this year, please call Toby for advice and, if necessary, for him to arrange removal and replanting, he will be happy to assist you.