The Trouble with Box Blight – Gardeners Nightmare

Box blight is a relatively new, yet already major problem in our gardens! Discovered during the 1990’s it has caused many a nightmare for gardens that incorporate low hedges or topiary in their design. Often devastating specimen plants and causing die back in hedges. The troublesome fungal spores of box blight can easily spread unchecked, due to the fact there is no known fungicide or chemical treatment available.

Follow our trial as we use a natural health -mix treatment in an attempt to limit the spread and control Box Blight before it begins killing our established box parterre.

Regular cutting is thought to further escalate the problem by creating a dense hedge with little room for air flow or circulation, providing the humid, damp environment that the fungal spores thrive in.

Rearing it's ugly head in late Autumn is Box blight, good hygiene is essential to keep this destructive disease in check.

Rearing it’s ugly head in wet and humid conditions, therefore often found identified in early Spring and Autumn. Box blight is regarded by many as a truly destructive disease that can easily spread and infect other Buxus – box plants in neighbouring gardens and must be kept in check.Buxus Box Blight A fungal disease that can rest for up to 6 years on fallen leaves or mycelium which is spread by spores that develop as conditions allow. Often carried from one garden to another by infected plants, plant material, bad garden hygiene, birds or animals.

On identifying Box blight in your garden the first thing you must do is remove and dispose of the infected leaves and stems ideally by burning.

Top tip: An industrial strength vacuum is a good way to collect all the fallen and dying leaves. The leaves become brittle when infected and quickly fall away from the stem, these must be gathered regularly to prevent spread of the disease. Buxus Box Blight Disease

 

Cultural control is the only proven method for keeping this fungal disease in check, spread by spores and mycelium it is important that as well as removing infected material that you also remove the surface of the soil and any debris it contains. If cultural control is out of the question and your attempts to keep the disease from spreading are failing then a recent article in Horticulture Weekly via the RHS suggest that Systhane Fungus Fighter may be a chemical control that may help in the fight to keep Box Blight under control. Perhaps you’d piercer to use a natural treatment to control Box Blight? Then keep reading for our latest trial.

 

Buxus sempervirens Box Blight

 

Box blight is a particular problem of formal gardens and estates where topiary and parterres are often used as part of the garden design. Gardeners employed to manage these grounds are always on the look out for pest and diseases on garden plants and use various methods of cultural and integrated control to keep them in check. You might like to check out the Seven Deadly Diseases that keep gardeners awake at night.

If Box blight is spreading in your garden, then you may like many of the national trust properties throughout the UK about to give up and replace the box hedging with something else, perhaps  Ilex crenate ‘Dark Green’ or Euonymus japonicus ‘Jean Hugues’. Before you start ripping out your Box hedging there is hope on the horizon in the form of a natural treatment called Topbuxus.

We are currently trailing this product to attempt to stop the spread of Box blight and re-juvenate the infected plants, easy to use health treatment that comes in tablet form and free from toxic chemicals! If it works this product will sell itself and I am sure the price will rocket as demand outstrips supply. So watch this space as I will be posting regular pictures from the London Estate I manage and if it works will be endorsing this product whole heartedly. If your not willing to wait and ready to spend the very cost effective £17.99 for 10 tablets then you can buy it here.   Be quick before it catches on!

 

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Stephen Pryce-Lea

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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

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