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Utilities Division - Sept. 30, 2014

To help contain the spread of a boxwood blight that has arrived in the Winston-Salem area, the Hanes Mill Road Landfill has received state permission to accept boxwood cuttings. No other yard waste will be accepted at the landfill, in keeping with state regulations.

Boxwood cuttings will not be accepted at the city’s yard-waste processing facilities and should not be placed in yard waste carts.

Affected boxwoods develop spotted leaves, which then turn brown and fall off. The blight eventually kills the boxwood. Burying infected plants is a sure way of preventing the spread of the blight. Chipping or composting infected plants can spread the blight fungus to other boxwoods. Fungus spores can also be spread by humans, insects, animals and horticultural tools.

To reduce the risk of spreading the blight, follow these guidelines:

Homeowners: DO NOT PLACE ANY BOXWOODS OR TRIMMINGS FROM BOXWOODS IN YARD WASTE CARTS. PLACE THESE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE CART FOR DISPOSAL. This applies to boxwood waste only. Do not place other yard waste into your garbage cart.

City residents may also bring their boxwood waste to the Hanes Mill Road Landfill. Do not bring boxwood waste to the city’s Overdale and Forum 52 yard waste facilities.

Commercial Landscaping Companies: Segregate boxwood waste from other yard waste and bring the boxwood waste to the Hanes Mill Road Landfill. All other yard waste must continue to be brought to the Overdale Road and Forum 52 yard waste facilities.

Residents who suspect that their boxwoods are infected should double bag four cuttings, each 6 to 8 inches long, in resealable plastic bags and drop them off at the Forsyth County Cooperative Extension offices at 1450 Fairchild Road in Winston-Salem. The cuttings will be sent to the plant-disease diagnostic laboratory at N.C. State University for testing.

For more information about the blight, contact Scott Welborn of the Cooperative Extension Service at 703-2850 or scott_welborn@ncsu.edu. For more information about managing yard waste, contact Stevie Dulin at 747-7308 or steved@cityofws.org.

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