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Boxwoods — Love ‘Em, Hate ‘Em

Did you know that the common boxwood is the world’s oldest cultivated ornamental plant? That’s right. The Egyptians were adorning their gardens with it as far back as 4,000 BC. And ever since then, people have been trying to decide whether they should pamper their boxwood or feed it to the camels.

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What’s Killing My Boxwood?

Boxwoods are supposed to be green, 24/7, 365 days a year. So it’s no wonder that when boxwoods turn brown, people get upset and demand answers. Why is this awful thing happening?????? As always, Grumpy knows.

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Grumpy’s Gang Triumphs Again! We Are Loved!

As you know, faithful readers, ‘Humble” is Grumpy’s middle name. Therefore, he is loathe to toot his own horn, even when he has every right to do so. So when the Garden Writer’s Association (GWA) recently gave Grumpy a Silver Award for his September 2011 story in Southern Living, “Good Bones Make Good Gardens,” he instinctively sought to dodge the […]

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Can I Transplant My Boxwood Now?

Faithful readers, just a short post today on a matter of monumental importance to all of humankind. What is Grumpy’s favorite all-time movie? Just kidding. From all the desperate emails I have been getting, it seems a lot of you want to know if it’s still OK to transplant shrubs. Many people ask about transplanting boxwoods, but others want to […]

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Don’t Transplant Trees and Shrubs in Summer

Grumpy has been inundated lately by queries from people who want to know if it’s OK to¬†transplant trees or shrubs to new locations now. Grumpy’s answer: Only if you really want to kill them. Vicki’s inquiry is typical. She writes (well, types): “I have a white ‘Natchez’ crepe myrtle tree next to my pool. It is full of beautiful, white […]

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Save Jennifer from Green Meatballs!

Attention, talented and creative Grumpians! Jennifer in Wilmington, North Carolina hates the bushes in front of her house and desperately needs your suggestions. She writes: Dear Grumpy Gardener, We have too much green in the beds in front of our house. Boxwoods (not doing well in this location), with Indian hawthorns in front of the boxwoods (previously “rounded” to look […]

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Transplanting Mature Boxwoods

Q: I am the fortunate recipient of five, count ‘em five gorgeous mature (4′ x 4′) boxwood shrubs from a neighbor’s landscape. I love boxwoods, but have never owned, nor cared for them. Can you tell me what I should do when planting and caring for them to ensure their continued success? Thanks, Carollynn

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