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Boxwood Care 

What are boxwoods?
Boxwoods are evergreen shrubs known for their dense, dark green foliage. They are highly versatile and commonly used in upscale gardens and landscapes for their year-round beauty and resilience to different weather conditions.
How do I choose the right boxwood variety for my garden?
When selecting a boxwood variety for your garden in St. Louis, MO, it's important to consider factors like size, shape, and growth rate. Common varieties that thrive in this area include: Vardar Valley Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens 'Vardar Valley') Known for its upright growth habit and glossy, dark green foliage. Ideal for hedges or as a focal point in the garden. Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens 'Green Mountain') A compact, pyramidal variety with bright green leaves that retain their color throughout the year. Well-suited for formal gardens or as a specimen plant. Common Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) Also known as American Boxwood, this classic variety features dense, rounded foliage and is highly adaptable to various growing conditions. Perfect for creating traditional hedges or borders. Consider the unique characteristics of each variety and your garden's specific needs when making your selection. If you need assistance in choosing the right boxwood variety or help with planting and maintenance, our team at St. Louis Boxwood is here to help!
Should you shear, trim, or prune boxwoods, and how often?
When it comes to shaping boxwoods, hand pruning is generally preferred over shearing or trimming. Hand pruning allows for more precise shaping and encourages healthier growth patterns. It's best to prune boxwoods in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. As for frequency, boxwoods typically benefit from light pruning throughout the growing season to maintain their shape and density. However, avoid heavy pruning during hot summer months, as this can stress the plants. If you're unsure about pruning techniques or need assistance with maintaining your boxwoods, our team at St. Louis Boxwood specializes in hand pruning and can provide expert care for your plants!
What are common pests and diseases that affect boxwoods?
Boxwoods are susceptible to various pests and diseases that can impact their health and appearance. Common pests: - Boxwood Leafminer (Tiny larvae that feed inside boxwood leaves, causing yellowing and browning of foliage) - Boxwood Mites (Microscopic pests that suck sap from boxwood leaves, leading to bronzing or discoloration) Common diseases: - Boxwood Blight (Fungal disease causing rapid defoliation, black streaking on stems, and white fungal growth on leaves) - Boxwood Decline (Complex disorder resulting in wilting, dieback, and overall decline of boxwood health) If you notice any signs of pests or diseases on your boxwoods, it's important to take action promptly. Our team at St. Louis Boxwood can help diagnose and treat these issues to ensure the health and vitality of your plants!
Can I revive a struggling or damaged boxwood plant?
Yes, struggling or damaged boxwood plants can often be revived with proper care and attention. Our team at St. Louis Boxwood specializes in diagnosing and treating issues that may affect boxwoods. Whether your plant is suffering from pest infestations, diseases, or environmental stressors, we can provide expert care to help revive it. Our services include thorough assessments to identify the root cause of the problem, tailored treatment plans to address specific issues, and ongoing maintenance to ensure the long-term health and vitality of your boxwoods. If you're concerned about the condition of your boxwood plants, don't hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. We're here to help you restore your plants to their full glory!
How do I know if my boxwoods need to be replaced?
Determining whether boxwoods need to be replaced can be challenging, but our team at St. Louis Boxwood is here to help you make informed decisions. Signs that your boxwoods may need replacement include severe pest infestations, widespread disease infections, or significant decline in overall health despite efforts to revive them. Our experts can conduct thorough assessments of your boxwoods to evaluate their condition and provide honest recommendations tailored to your specific situation. If replacement is necessary, we can assist you in selecting new boxwood plants that are well-suited to your garden's environment and aesthetic preferences. Whether you're unsure about the health of your existing boxwoods or considering options for replacements, don't hesitate to reach out to us for guidance and support. We're dedicated to helping you create and maintain beautiful, thriving landscapes!
How should I care for my boxwoods in the winter?
During the winter months, proper care is essential to protect your boxwoods from harsh weather conditions. While our team at St. Louis Boxwood can assist with winterization by ensuring your boxwoods are properly mulched, trimming damaged branches, and monitoring for signs of stress, there are also steps you can take at home. Be sure to: -- Keep an eye on soil moisture and water your boxwoods if the soil becomes dry, especially during dry and windy periods. -- Avoid heavy pruning or fertilization during the winter months, as this can stimulate new growth that may be susceptible to cold damage. If you're unsure about how to care for your boxwoods during the winter or need assistance with winterization practices, our experts are here to help. Contact us for personalized guidance and expert care to ensure the health and vitality of your boxwoods year-round!
What is the best time to plant boxwoods?
The best time to plant boxwoods is typically in the early spring or late fall when temperatures are mild and there's ample moisture in the soil. However, our team at St. Louis Boxwood understands that timing may vary based on specific circumstances and project requirements. While we don't handle installations directly, we offer comprehensive landscape design services to plan the perfect placement and layout for your boxwoods. Additionally, we partner with trusted installation teams to ensure seamless execution and exceptional results. Whether you're considering adding boxwoods to your landscape or planning a full-scale garden transformation, our experts can guide you through the process and coordinate with our trusted partners for professional installation. Contact us to learn more about our design services and how we can help you create the outdoor oasis of your dreams!
How can I ensure proper irrigation for my boxwoods in St. Louis's varying weather conditions?
In St. Louis, where summers can be hot and humid and winters can be cold and wet, it's essential to adjust watering practices accordingly. During the growing season, typically spring through early fall, water your boxwoods deeply once or twice per week, especially during periods of dry weather. In the hotter months, you may need to water more frequently to prevent soil from drying out completely. During the winter months, when boxwoods are dormant, reduce watering frequency but ensure the soil doesn't become overly dry. A deep watering every few weeks should be sufficient to maintain soil moisture during this time. Our team at St. Louis Boxwood understands the unique climate of the region and can provide personalized guidance on watering practices tailored to your specific landscape and environmental factors. Contact us for expert advice on caring for your boxwoods throughout the year!
Why do we recommend hand pruning boxwoods?
At St. Louis Boxwood, we recommend hand pruning for several reasons, rooted in our expertise, dedication to quality, and love of boxwoods! Hand pruning allows for precision and finesse in shaping boxwoods, ensuring they maintain their desired form and structure while promoting healthy growth. Our skilled arborists carefully assess each plant's unique growth patterns and health needs, tailoring pruning techniques to optimize its vigor and appearance. Unlike mechanical shearing, which can cause stress and damage to boxwoods, hand pruning minimizes the risk of injury and promotes long-term plant health. By hand pruning, we can selectively remove dead or diseased branches, improving air circulation and reducing the risk of pest infestations and disease spread. Overall, hand pruning reflects our commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail, resulting in healthier, more resilient boxwoods that enhance the beauty of your landscape for years to come. Trust St. Louis Boxwood for expert hand pruning services that elevate the health and aesthetics of your boxwoods. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our team of experienced arborists!

Services & Offerings

Are your services available year-round?
Absolutely! At St. Louis Boxwood, we're here for you every step of the way, all year long. From the vibrant colors of spring to the cozy winter preparations, our team ensures your outdoor space remains a beautiful reflection of your lifestyle throughout the seasons. With our year-round availability, you can trust us to keep your landscape looking its absolute best, no matter the time of year.
Can I request a custom service package tailored to my specific needs?
At St. Louis Boxwood, every client receives personalized attention. We don't offer standard packages because we believe in crafting tailored solutions for each unique landscape. Through a one-on-one consultation, we'll discuss your preferences, assess your landscape, and create a customized service plan that caters to your individual needs and vision. From routine maintenance to landscape design and special projects, our team is dedicated to delivering exceptional service that exceeds your expectations.
Do you provide services to residential properties? Commercial properties?
We take pride in serving a diverse range of clients, including both residential homeowners and commercial property owners. Whether you have a cozy backyard oasis or a sprawling corporate campus, our team is here to meet your landscaping needs. We value building long-term relationships with all our clients, regardless of property size or type. Our goal is to exceed your expectations with every service we provide, ensuring your outdoor space remains beautiful and inviting for years to come.
Is your team trained and certified in horticulture?
Our team consists of skilled professionals who are passionate about horticulture and dedicated to delivering exceptional service. Our owner is an ISA Certified Arborist with extensive experience in the industry, including professional roles at local nurseries and as a staff horticulturist at the Missouri Botanical Garden. In addition to our owner's expertise, we only employ trained and certified horticulturists who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to every project. With our team's expertise and commitment to ongoing education and training, you can trust that your landscape is in capable hands.
Do you offer one-time services or only ongoing maintenance plans?
While we do provide a range of services, including design consultations, one-time installations, we specialize in our ongoing maintenance services. From expert boxwood care to comprehensive estate management, our regular services are tailored to provide consistent, high-quality care for your outdoor space. With our dedication to excellence and attention to detail, you can trust us to keep your landscape looking its best year-round.

Plant Care & Maintenance

How can I encourage blooming and healthy growth in outdoor flowering plants?
Encouraging blooming and healthy growth in outdoor flowering plants involves providing proper care and conditions. Ensure your plants receive adequate sunlight, water them regularly without overwatering, and use a balanced fertilizer for blooming plants. Deadhead spent flowers and prune leggy growth to promote continuous blooming. Select plant varieties suited to your local climate for resilience. If you need personalized advice, our experts are here to help. Reach out to us for guidance on achieving a beautiful and thriving garden tailored to your landscape.
What are the benefits of mulching around outdoor plants and landscaping?
Mulching around outdoor plants and landscaping offers several benefits. Firstly, mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil, reducing the need for frequent watering and promoting healthy root growth. Additionally, mulch acts as a natural insulator, regulating soil temperature and protecting plant roots from extreme heat or cold. Mulch also suppresses weed growth, minimizing competition for nutrients and water. As it breaks down, mulch enriches the soil with organic matter, improving soil structure and fertility over time. Overall, mulching is a simple and effective way to support the health and vitality of your outdoor plants and landscaping. Ready to give your outdoor space the benefits of mulching? Reach out to us for guidance on selecting the right mulch and applying it properly to enhance the beauty and health of your landscape.
What are some tips for promoting healthy root growth in outdoor plants?
Promoting healthy root growth in outdoor plants requires careful attention and expert techniques. As horticulture specialists, we recommend several strategies to ensure robust root systems in your plants. To ensure healthy root growth in your outdoor plants, we prioritize key factors. Our team focuses on optimizing soil conditions and planting techniques tailored to each plant's needs. We offer expert advice on watering schedules to promote deep root penetration and prevent issues like soil compaction. Additionally, we provide services to create optimal spacing between plants, allowing roots to expand freely. These customized solutions aim to foster strong root systems and vibrant plant growth in your landscape. Ready to enhance root growth and overall plant health in your landscape? Reach out to us for expert advice and tailored solutions to meet your specific needs.
How do I maintain the health and appearance of outdoor trees in my landscape?
Maintaining the health and appearance of outdoor trees requires a combination of proper care and attention. Our team specializes in tree care services tailored to the unique needs of each tree species and your landscape. We offer professional pruning to promote healthy growth and structural integrity, as well as tree fertilization to provide essential nutrients for optimal health. Our experts can also assess and address any issues such as pest infestations or diseases that may affect your trees. With our comprehensive tree care services, you can ensure that your outdoor trees remain beautiful and thriving for years to come. Ready to give your outdoor trees the care they deserve? Contact us today to schedule a consultation and explore how our tree care services can enhance the health and appearance of your landscape.
Can you recommend outdoor plants that are resistant to pests and diseases?
Selecting outdoor plants that are resistant to pests and diseases is a smart strategy for maintaining a healthy and low-maintenance landscape. At St. Louis Boxwood, we specialize in recommending plant varieties that are known for their resilience and resistance to common pests and diseases in the St. Louis area. Our team can provide expert advice on plant selection, taking into account factors such as local climate, soil conditions, and sunlight exposure. Whether you're looking for flowering plants, shrubs, or trees, we can recommend options that are well-suited to thrive in your landscape with minimal pest and disease problems. Don't forget, if you're interested in learning more about pest-resistant outdoor plants or need assistance with plant selection for your landscape, feel free to reach out to us. Our team is here to provide personalized recommendations and support to help you create a beautiful and resilient outdoor environment.

General Inquires

How do I request an estimate or consultation with your team?
To request an estimate or schedule a consultation with our team, reach out via phone, email or our website. During the consultation, we'll discuss your landscaping needs in order to provide you an accurate estimate tailored to your services.
Do you offer a free estimate?
Yes, we offer free estimates for all of our landscaping services. To request a free estimate, simply contact us to schedule a consultation. During the consultation, our team will assess your landscaping needs and provide you with a detailed estimate for the proposed work.
What areas do you serve?
We proudly serve clients in St. Louis Central Corridor. Whether you're located in Town & Country or the Central West End, we're here to provide you with exceptional landscaping services. If you're unsure whether we serve your area, don't hesitate to reach out to us, and we'll be happy to assist you.
Do you offer ongoing maintenance plans for completed projects?
We offer comprehensive ongoing maintenance plans designed to ensure the long-term health and beauty of your landscaping. Our services include estate management, which involves meticulous care for large properties, as well as weekly, monthly, and bi-yearly maintenance services to keep your outdoor space pristine. Additionally, we specialize in boxwood care, providing expert pruning and maintenance to enhance the health and appearance of your boxwood plants. Our hand pruning services ensure precise shaping and optimal growth for your plants. With our tailored maintenance plans, you can enjoy a vibrant and well-maintained landscape year-round.
Can you provide examples of your recent projects?
We're proud to showcase recent projects on our website or to clients in person. From stunning landscape designs to meticulously maintained outdoor spaces, our portfolio highlights the diverse range of services we offer and the exceptional results we achieve for our clients.

Billing & Pricing

Can I pay for services online? By check?
Yes, you can conveniently pay for our services online through Wave Invoicing, which accepts major credit cards, bank payments, and more. We also accept payment by check if preferred.
Do you offer automatic payment options for recurring services?
Absolutely! We offer automatic payment options for recurring services to streamline the process and ensure timely payments without hassle.
How do I request an invoice or statement of account?
Requesting an invoice or statement of account is easy. Simply reach out to our team via phone, email, or our website, and we'll promptly provide you with the documentation you need.

Turn to Louis Boxwood for expert landscape services! 

Call Us: 314.250.2335

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