On our travels this summer, we have come across an unusual number of cases of Buxus blight. 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.

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.

If you’re Buxus plants have been suffering this year, please call Toby for advice and if necessary to arrange removal and replanting.

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Toby Douglas is the founder of Take A Bough Tree Care. After university in Aberystwyth, Toby made the decision to study Arboriculture at Merrist Wood, in Surrey. In 2001 he successfully completed a National Certificate in Horticulture, and a National Diploma in Arboriculture, then worked for two years subcontracting to large and respected companies in order to gain the practical experience to compete successfully for both private and corporate contacts once Take a Bough Tree Care was launched

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