Keep your hedges free of caterpillars and other hungry insects
We’re seeing more and more cases across London of the box tree caterpillar eating its way through front and back garden hedges.

A relatively new species to Britain (the first cases were recorded in 2011) they can quickly defoliate box plants and leave your gardens looking desolate in their wake. If you’re unsure whether this relates to you, take a look at some of the indicators below and call one of our expert staff today:

  • The pale yellow flattish eggs are laid sheet-like, overlapping each other on the underside of box leaves
  • Newly hatched caterpillars are greenish-yellow, with black heads. Older caterpillars reach up to 4cm (1¼in) in length and have a greenish/yellow body with thick black and thin white stripes along the length of the body
  • The pupae are concealed in a cocoon of white webbing spun among leaves and twigs
  • The caterpillars eat box leaves and produce webbing over their feeding area. Plants may also show patches of dieback which may be especially apparent on trimmed plants.

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that your buxus can be saved if the plant is too infested and you cannot replant Buxus where you have formally experienced caterpillar blight.

However, don’t despair! We have lots of alternative to Buxus that look great and are similar in structure such as Yew, Euonymus and small leaf privet to name a few.

So get in touch with our team today and stop the problem before it develops. You can:

Stop by the shop: 59 Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, N8 9BE
Call us: 020 8341 4325
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