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 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. 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.
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.
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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