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The perks of being a landscaper - boxwood

Hey all. As some of you may know, I work for a landscaper in the summer to pay for my books. Until this year, I've only obtained a few small saplings that would have been discarded as weeds. Today my luck changed, though.

We do a lot of work at a large auto dealer. They have a habit of parking very expensive cars on top of their shrubs, lawns, and anywhere else they think will help sell their cars. Naturally this isn't good for the plants, but replacing a few shrubs is just a drop in the bucket for them. Well today we pulled a couple of boxwoods and I was able to take them home. They have quite a bit of dead wood, but if they survive I think they have a lot of potential. Boxwoods are supposed to be pretty hardy, but I had some bad luck with my smaller one this summer. They are also slow growers, so I'm very happy to have older specimens.

Enough of my jabbering, here's the pics.


I took the dead trunk, which I believe was a separate plant, down to the ground. It will be removed eventually. For now I'm going for survival.


You can almost see the outline of where the car was parked.



I'm not sure which would make a better front on the smaller one, but I'm leaning towards the second.



Also, I pulled this acer from my boss's garden as a weed a while back, It was about 4-5 feet tall and I chopped it down to a few inches. It spent a week getting kicked around by the dogs in the ground before I put it into a pot. It surprised me by bouncing back and I was shocked to see how much growth it put out.




These three are very exciting for me because I have been having an otherwise slow, yet promising, year.
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I'm sure you'll be pleased with the new Boxwoods, this type of material is so much better than the young material offered at nurseries.

I'm up to my third collected Boxwood so far. Two have come from landscapers I know and the third was road kill. I literally spotted it on the roadside as trash. It had been, less than delicately, dug and left exposed for around 24 hours before I found it. So far it looks like it will recover so I expect yours will too.

Good luck with them.


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