Winter Care for Boxwood
We put in 6 boxwoods this year and now would like to know how to care for them over winter. We live in the country (zone 5), they are on the west side of the house, there is a woods across the road but we still get some wind. I understand boxwoods are to be protected from the wind for the first couple of years. So what do we do?
You are right, boxwoods do best if sheltered from the winter wind (typically coming from the northwest) and winter sun from the south. A windbreak placed near the plants to cut the wind is all you need. Stretch burlap or another material on stakes next to the boxwoods or wrap the plants in burlap or another breathable fabric. A piece of lattice or other decorative material that cuts the wind will also work. Or use a discarded Christmas tree placed on the windward side to provide shelter for the birds and your boxwoods. Protect the south facing side, in a similar manner, if the plants will receive direct sun in the winter. Some varieties like Winter Green and Green Velvet were bred to hold their green leaves despite the harsh winter weather. No matter what protection you provide be sure the plants are well watered throughout the season and especially before the ground freezes.