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MNLA Launches Boxwood Blight Awareness Campaign

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Lawn News: MNLA Launches Boxwood Blight Awareness Campaign

The boxwood blight is a widespread issue throughout many corners of the country, but Michiganders have been lucky enough to avoid it for the time-being. To help ensure that this detrimental shrub fungus doesn’t affect our state, the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) has launched a brand-new boxwood blight awareness campaign. Along with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the MNLA has been closely monitoring the spread of the fungus.

What is Boxwood Blight?

The scientific name for boxwood blight is Cylindrocladium buxicola. This fungal disease affects a wide range of boxwood varieties, and popular plants like pachysandra are highly susceptible to the disease. The fungus causes leaf lesions, visual sporulation and quick leaf drop, according to Michigan State. The disease itself does not cause plants to die, but the defoliation process causes susceptibility to other infections, which can eventually lead to death.

The MNLA says there are no reported instances of the fungus in Michigan landscapes or nurseries to date, but they believe that it’s “only a matter of time.” In fact, a shipment containing fungus-infected vegetated boxwood shipped to our state during the 2016 season. Currently, boxwood blight has been identified in 16 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces. The MNLA hopes that with its new awareness campaign, citizens will be better-equipped to prevent the spread of the disease into our state.

Preventing Boxwood Blight in Michigan

Make sure to explore the various resources available through the program for more information on how to protect your plants from developing boxwood blight and other damaging pathogens. Fit Turf is always on hand to help with your Metro-Detroit lawn care needs. Keep your lawns and gardens healthy, happy and thriving with our Michigan lawn care program.

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