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    Hayley
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    I have some concerns about my mature box hedging around the garden and have been googling ‘Box Blight’ in the hope that this may something less serious :-( Has anyone any experience of diagnosing box blight? :rose:
    I have been looking at the RHS link:

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=96

    The box has been here for many years and I’d like to try and save it. Any suggestions would be very welcome.

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    Hayley
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    Here’s another picture… :-(

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    NorthernTeacher
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    Hi Hayley

    Monty Don has had a lot on GW on box blight. Unfortunately, I think he had to remove his hedges eventually – I half remember watching the programmes:
    How to tackle box blight (part one)

    How to tackle box blight (part two)

    J :rose:

    #51105

    Hayley
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    Thank you for the link Jane, I remember those episodes too, I’m hoping that I can save some of it. In truth I’m gutted as I think these ancient hedges were put in when the garden was ‘born’. I’ve put some leaves in a bag with some wet kitchen paper to see what colour emerges. I hope it’s pink spores as that’s the lesser evil in the box blight world, Volutella blight.
    Here’s a close up.

    #51106

    NorthernTeacher
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    Hope you don’t have to destroy it all, Hayley :fingers-crossed: Poor Sheila is desperate to solve the problem with her whitebeam too!

    #51109

    cilla
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    Is that the singing postman’s border Hayley? It doesn’t look good but don’t give up on it yet.

    #51110

    flowerpotlynn
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    Hi Hayley, we have box hedging too, we moved some box in the spring to make way for the beehive, they ended up looking a bit like yours , and we put it down to the lack of water in may& June, with all the rain in July and a few heavy showers and a day of rain last Wednesday, they are looking greener and new growth is becoming visable. I hope it improves as the summer comes to a close.

    #51111

    Hayley
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    Believe me so do I Lynn. :rose: I’m afraid the hedge in the picture is really badly hit some of the other hedging seems OK. I’m a bit worried that in taking it out the spores will up and go too…to another part of the hedge! :excruciating: It’s a conundrum!

    Funnily enough Cilla the postie path seems OK, perhaps he has the magic touch! ;-)

    Fingers crossed Jane, it will be a mammouth task taking it out and disposing of it all.
    Don’t know what happened to my close up picture…let’s try again :fingers-crossed:

    #51112

    Hayley
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    hmmmm

    #51113

    flowerpotlynn
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    I will have to keep an eye on ours too, just in case it’s not a water issue, like you I wouldn’t want to lose all the box. As Jane says Monty had problems with his box!!!

    #51114

    Hayley
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    I’ve just re-watched his advice Lynn and it does look like a good prune to strip the plant of the infected parts may be a good start. That in itself will be a big job! It’s important to clear every leak afterwards and disinfect tools too it seems. Hope it’s only a water issue for you Lynn. :rose:

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    flowerpotlynn
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    Hopefully you can save yours too ,Hayley. :high-five: :rose:

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    Ginnybean
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    I always make sure when clipping box or any hedge to pick up/off any clippings off the hedge as can cause die back if left on the hedge… I hope your hedge recovers.. there seem to be a few green patches which look healthy…

    #52392

    Hayley
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    Thanks Ginny. Very sadly I had to take this particular hedge out yesterday as it had become more widespread in my absence. I’m hoping that I can save the other hedging which has patches of it, even that will need cutting down though.

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