Several Eastern US Nurseries Infected - Dec. 7, 2011

December 7, 2011

Saunders Brothers has just been made aware of several large production nurseries on the east coast that have been infected with Boxwood Blight.  Those nurseries have been issued a stop ship on all boxwood products.  While everyone continues to gather information on this disease, we do know it spreads by contact and is carried in plant debris, live and dead plants, clothing, and many other ways.  Saunders Brothers remains confident that our nursery is clean from this disease and we are taking steps to maintain that. 

Saunders Brothers spent a great deal of time speaking with individuals familiar with the situations in the infected nurseries.  Their recommendations, as well as ongoing research, have forced us to limit those who enter our production areas to employees only.  All customers, who would like to pickup an order, will be required to phone, fax, or email their order to our office in advance.  Customers wishing to visit the nursery will be allowed in the nursery, only, when escorted in a Saunders Brothers vehicle, but they will not be allowed to exit the vehicle in any production areas.  This includes sales representatives.  No personal vehicles belonging to customers, employees, or non-employees should enter any production areas or move to the loading dock.  No other groups or individuals will be allowed into nursery production areas.  This remains in effect until further notice.  This includes all field operations at Harewood.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation so that we can keep our nursery free from this disease and our customers can continue to have confidence our plants.  We are very aggressively researching this disease and will continue to place updates on our website as we have them.  

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