What's killing my Boxwood shrubs sections? see photos

ssly3333(6)June 9, 2012

I'm getting dead boxwood sections destroyed hollowed-out trunk of sections of my boxwood shrub. I have been trying for years to figure out what insects or disease are destroying many sections of my boxwood shrub causing large sections to die out.

Today I tore off part of the trunk of one dead section and found that the trunk disintegrated in my hand because it was dead and hollowed out. When I placed it on the cement, out came a hundred ants pulling out their larvae or aphids trying to save them. Are ants destroying my boxwood shrub? I heard that ants like honeydew that aphids produce and take houseing in scrubs and that the aphids do the damage. A guy at Home Depot thought it was mites, and I sprayed all my shrubs for mites, but it hasn't helped.

Please let me know you know what's causing this. I didn't know ants killed plants, and one should I do about it?

In addition, a section where my boxwood died, I planted a new Boxwood shrub that was about 2 feet tall about a month ago, and it's now just about dead completely. What did I do wrong? It got plenty of water and sun, and I surrounded it with lots of store-bought soil mixed with some hummus. I don't think the bugs got to it yet. It just seemed to have not made it and shriveled up.

To view pictures of the destroyed boxwood truck, click on the URL--once on the website, choose all three of the photos titled "Shrub Dead2" (showing dead spots in the boxwood), and the 2nd titled "Pic of Boxwood trunk hollowed" (look especially the second), and the 3rd titled "Shrub Dead." If it doesn't show up, email me and ask for a photo to attach.

Thank you so much for your forth-coming advice.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pic of Boxwood trunk dead & hollowed out

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

unleess you give us your name and password.. we arent getting past the sign in page..

and i dont recommend such

WAG.. ants take advantage of already dead wood.. they rarely... kill things.. IF they are ants ...

and if you have all this dying.. why are you replanting the same thing??? one of the big problems.. of a vast monoculture.. like a long line of boxwood .. is that once you have a problem.. its going to work its way thru the whole ...

any chance.. since they are sounding overly mature.. that these used to be in full sun .. and now they are struggling.. as the deciduous trees have cast them in shade??? and even worse.. are the trees maples????

have the ever been rejuvenated???

perhaps i missed it in your flurry of posts.. but are you new to this garden...

ken

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 7:00PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

and please reply here ... so we can get other opinions ...

i cant reply if you email them to me

ken

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 7:01PM
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greenhavenrdgarden

I can't see the pics and to be honest, I'm a newbie that comes here often bc I have gotten so much incredible advice in the shrubs forum. Last fall sections of my boxwoods were dying too but I found out it was my dogs. Do you have dogs by chance? Do your neighbors? Boxwoods will burn if dogs pee on them. I learned that the hard way. I know there could be alot of different problems but i figured i'd throw this out there. Good luck.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 8:54AM
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greenhavenrdgarden

I can't see the pics and to be honest, I'm a newbie that comes here often bc I have gotten so much incredible advice in the shrubs forum. Last fall sections of my boxwoods were dying too but I found out it was my dogs. Do you have dogs by chance? Do your neighbors? Boxwoods will burn if dogs pee on them. I learned that the hard way. I know there could be alot of different problems but i figured i'd throw this out there. Good luck.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 9:04AM
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