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What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.

When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:

  • Facial Hair
  • Body Hair
  • Deeper Voice
  • Muscle Strength
  • Increased Libido
  • Muscle Density

As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.

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How Does TRT Work?

TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.

Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.

Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes – especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.

When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.

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What Causes Low T?

For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.

When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.

If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.

For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.

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Low Sex Drive

One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.

The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.

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Inability to Achieve and Maintain an Erection

Weak erections – it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.

Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.

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Loss of Strength and Muscle Mass

Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?

Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.

Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Victory Gardens, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.

Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.

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Hair Loss

If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.

Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Victory Gardens, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.

While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.

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Gynecomastia

Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.

If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.

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Decreased Energy

Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.

If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.

Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.

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Lack of Sleep

A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels – as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.

The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.

TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.

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Depression

You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed – and it may stem from low testosterone.

A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.

Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.

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Inability to Concentrate

Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age – these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.

However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.

Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.

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Weight Gain

Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.

Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.

Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.

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What is Sermorelin?

Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.

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Benefits of Sermorelin

Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.

Benefits of Sermorelin include:

  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
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What is Ipamorelin?

Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.

Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.

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Benefits of Ipamorelin

One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.

Some of those benefits include:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

Your New, Youthful Lease on Life Starts Here

Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.

Our friendly, knowledgeable TRT and HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!

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Toms River East Little League one win away from state title

Toms River East manager Mike Mendes didn't know what he was going to see for his team's Thursday night matchup with Section 4 Champion Haddonfield in the New Jersey State Little League Tournament.After cruising to a victory the night before, the only certainty in Mendes' mind was that his team had a more-...

Toms River East manager Mike Mendes didn't know what he was going to see for his team's Thursday night matchup with Section 4 Champion Haddonfield in the New Jersey State Little League Tournament.

After cruising to a victory the night before, the only certainty in Mendes' mind was that his team had a more-than-worthy opponent in the opposite dugout at Washington Park of Pequannock Little League.

"After last night's hit barrage, I wasn't sure what to expect today from our boys," Mendes said.

What the players delivered was more than satisfactory - a 10-1 victory that was a lot closer than the final score indicates - and it puts Toms River East one win away from the New Jersey State Championship.

Toms River East, 2-0 in the tournament and outscoring its opponents 22-1, is off Friday but can wrap up the title Saturday. The New Jersey champion will join other state champions in the Mid-Atlantic Region beginning Aug. 7 in Bristol, Connecticut.

'The bats came alive'

WEDNESDAY'S WIN OVER RUTHERFORD:'It's not an outlier': Toms River East dominates at Little League state tournament opener

With two outs and no one on base in the top of the fifth and Toms River East holding onto a 3-1 lead, two Haddonfield errors that could have easily ended the inning brought up Christian Mascaro with runners on first and second.

Mascaro's hard-hit ball snuck its way past the infield, driving in a run. A throwing error from the outfield allowed a second baserunner to score and Mascaro to trot over to third.

Toms River East third baseman Jake Gallagher, who had worked a walk to put runners on the corners, hustled to beat out a throw to second on a routine ground ball, allowing Mascarro to score and push the lead to five runs.

Four more runs were scored in the sixth inning, including a mammoth home run from Logan Macchia for the second consecutive night.

"I knew it was going to be a tough game, they're a good baseball team, they put up 14 runs yesterday, so I knew it was going to be a challenge for us and it was most of the game," Mendes. "Then the bats came alive at the end there. I'm proud of our kids they put it together."

Even before the cascade of runs in the final two innings, it was a game of clean, timely baseball for Toms River East from the very first batter.

Centerfielder Michael Mendes led off the game with a double and took a calculated risk by advancing to third on a groundout before scoring the first run of the game on a wild pitch.

In the bottom of the first and with the bases loaded and one out, the outfielder showed off his glove, making a diving catch to limit Haddonfield to a single run in the inning.

"He sets the tone as a leadoff hitter and he did a good job today. He made a great catch in centerfield and helped his pitcher out," Mike Mendes said of his son. "I'm proud of him as a dad, but I'm even more proud of him as a coach. I'm proud of all 13 of these guys."

Dominant pitching... again

A day after throwing the final inning of a combined no-hitter, Brady Gillen started on the mound for Toms River.

With a little help from the defense, Gillen did well to escape the first inning having only allowed a single run and was dominant in the second, passionately striking out the final two batters of the inning, giving him three for the day.

Mascaro was brought in to pitch in relief of Gillen in the third inning.

It was the last pitching change Toms River needed, as Mascaro only needed 57 pitches to strike out five batters in four innings of shutout baseball.

"[I] just try to stay calm, keep my balance and just pump strikes," said Mascaro.

Through two games of baseball against the best competition the Garden State has to offer, Toms River East's pitching trio of Gillen, Mascaro and Macchia has only allowed one run.

"We got three really good pitchers, any one of them could be a number one. I have all the confidence in the world when those three guys are on the mound," Mike Mendes said.

One more win

With both Macchia and Gillen available to pitch, Toms River East plays Saturday at 5 p.m. against the winner of an elimination game between Haddonfield and Rutherford.

After losing to Toms River on Wednesday, Rutherford eliminated West Milford 13-1. The Rutherford-Haddonfield game is Friday at 5:30 p.m.

"We're blessed with the opportunity to take a little bit of a breather and kind of sit back and figure out who we are going to play tomorrow. But the kids are ready to go, they were actually just asking me when practice is," Mike Mendes said.

If Toms River East loses on Saturday, it will face a winner take all game for the state championship on Monday.

How to stay cool as a heat wave hits North Jersey, from cooling centers to swimming spots

North Jersey is set to scorch, with temperatures forecast in the high-90s through the weekend. With a heat wave looming over the the region, it's more important than ever to find ways to stay cool.Local pools are one option, and many in North Jersey offer day passes as a way for people to enjoy a respite. The heat wave is supposed to extend into early next week, and as a result, local counties and municipalities also are opening cooling centers for those who need them.With multiple options for cooling off across ...

North Jersey is set to scorch, with temperatures forecast in the high-90s through the weekend. With a heat wave looming over the the region, it's more important than ever to find ways to stay cool.

Local pools are one option, and many in North Jersey offer day passes as a way for people to enjoy a respite. The heat wave is supposed to extend into early next week, and as a result, local counties and municipalities also are opening cooling centers for those who need them.

With multiple options for cooling off across North Jersey counties, here are some ways to take a break from soaking up all the heat:

Community pools with daily passes

Palisades Park Pool Complex offers daily passes for all New Jersey residents, starting at $15 for Palisades Park residents and $20 for other New Jersey residents. The pool is open from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and weekends for guests using the daily pass. Guests must have a state-issued driver's license to enter, and must pay with cash for the daily pass.

The Graydon Pool in Ridgewood also offers $15 daily passes for residents of Ridgewood and $20 daily passes for their non-resident sponsored guests. The pool is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until Aug. 5.

Residents of Paramus can purchase day passes for the Paramus Municipal Pool for $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Day passes can be purchased only on weekdays, when the pool is open from noon to 7 p.m., but residents can buy weekend passes if they want to cool off on the weekend.

If you are looking for a place with plenty of outdoor activities, take the family to the Highland Natural Pool in Ringwood to enjoy swimming in the spring-fed pool, open fields to play sports and hiking trails for all experience levels. There is a fenced-in shallow area for beginner swimmers that slopes down to 4 feet deep, and a larger section for experienced swimmers that slopes down to 10 feet deep. Swimmers under 18 years old must pass a swimming test to go into the deeper ends. The pool is open from noon to 6 p.m. daily, and day passes cost $17 for adults and $10 for children 17 and younger.

In Union County, the Walter E. Ulrich Memorial Pool in Rahway River Park has affordable day passes for residents and non-residents to purchase. Residents of Union County must bring a photo ID to buy adult day passes for $5 and youth day passes for $4. Non-residents of Union County can buy adult day passes for $10 and youth day passes for $8 each. The pool is open from noon to 6 p.m. daily.

The Westfield Memorial Pool also offers daily guest passes, but at a more expensive rate than most places, with a $40 price tag for any guest older than 3 unless you know a member of the pool, with a rate of $10 per person. The pool is equipped with two water slides, swimming lanes and a children's pool, and is open from noon to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends.

There are also a number of free splash parks available across North Jersey that let kids run through sprinklers and other water activities. Bergen County is home to Van Saun Park, at 216 Forest Ave., Paramus, with an ADA-accessible water sprinkler park that is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no entrance fee, and has large lily pad and cattail misters to cool down kids on a hot day.

In Hudson County, James J. Braddock Park at 9003 Bergenline Ave., North Bergen, also has a splash pad adjacent to a large, castle-themed playground, and is free to enter.

In Morris County, the Pirate's Cove Splash Pad in Mount Olive is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and has a water dumping bucket and an in-ground sprinkling pad that runs seasonally.

There is also a splash pad at Watsessing Park in Bloomfield that has water spray equipment and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Bergen County cooling centers

The following locations will remain open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, July 22, unless different times and dates are noted.

Passaic County cooling centers

Essex County cooling centers

Morris County cooling centers

To reach any of the Morris County centers, call the number listed.

Signs of heat stroke

As the temperature continues to rise over the next few days, be sure to keep an eye on any signs of heat stroke, especially in children or older adults who spend time outside or indoors without air conditioning.

The most common causes of heat stroke are exposure to hot environments and strenuous activities in hot weather, such as running or intense exercises, according to the Mayo Clinic. Wearing excessive clothing, drinking alcohol and becoming dehydrated in the hot weather can also lead to heat stroke.

A high body temperature, flushed skin and alteration in sweating are all signs of heat stroke, according to the Mayo Clinic. The skin may be dry and hot to the touch if brought on by hot weather, and the skin will be dry to slightly moist if the heat stroke is brought on by excessive exercise.

Other common symptoms of heat stroke include nausea or vomiting, rapid breathing or heart rate, and a headache. Heat stroke symptoms may also include showing an altered mental state or behavior, such as slurring your speech, being confused or delirious and having seizures.

If you suspect that a person is having a heat stroke, seek immediate medical help by calling 911, as heat strokes can cause long-term damage or death. Until help arrives, keep the person cool in a shaded or indoor area, remove excess layers of clothing and cool down the person with cool water from whatever is available, like a hose or cool tub of water, or pat them down with ice packs or cold, wet towels, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Prevent heat stroke by wearing lightweight clothing in hot weather, limiting outdoor exposure during the hottest time of the day and staying hydrated with plenty of fluids.

Men’s Basketball Announces 2022-23 Non-Conference Schedule

2022-23 Non-Conference Schedule to Include Miami, Seton Hall, Wake Forest, and Temple PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers men's basketball program's non-conference schedule is set for the 2022-23 season.Rutgers will host 19 games at Jersey Mike's Arena this season: 10 Big Ten contests and nine non-conference tilts. RU will play 12 games away from home this season: 10 Big Ten contests, a neutral site opponent and the ACC Challenge opponent.The Scarlet Knights schedule includes several high-profile oppo...

2022-23 Non-Conference Schedule to Include Miami, Seton Hall, Wake Forest, and Temple

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers men's basketball program's non-conference schedule is set for the 2022-23 season.

Rutgers will host 19 games at Jersey Mike's Arena this season: 10 Big Ten contests and nine non-conference tilts. RU will play 12 games away from home this season: 10 Big Ten contests, a neutral site opponent and the ACC Challenge opponent.

The Scarlet Knights schedule includes several high-profile opponents to get prepared for the gauntlet Big Ten league play including matchups against Miami, Seton Hall, Wake Forest, and Temple.

"We are excited for the opportunity to play another challenging non-conference schedule and continuing to grow our incredible home court environment at Jersey Mike's Arena in 2022-23," Pikiell said. "Our team will be tested throughout each of these 11 games as we look forward to preparing to compete in the nation's most competitive conference, in the Big Ten."

Improving the strength of schedule has been a top priority for Pikiell and the rest of his staff since taking over the program six seasons ago. Rutgers has completed a strength of schedule ranked No. 59, No. 63, No. 29, No. 33, No. 2, and No. 29 in the nation, respectively since 2016, according to ESPN. Rutgers was No. 292 in the nation on ESPN's strength of schedule the year prior to Pikiell's arrival.

RU will begin the season with three consecutive home matchups at Jersey Mike's Arena against Columbia (Monday, Nov. 7), Sacred Heart (Thursday, Nov. 10) and UMass Lowell (Saturday, Nov. 12).

RU will return to action at Mohegan Sun Arena in a natural site matchup against the Temple in Uncasville, Conn. Temple was (17-12) last season. The game will be a part of the 2022 Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase and be played on Friday, Nov. 18. The presale for tickets to the game at Mohegan Sun has just begun. Click here and use the presale password SKRUTG to buy your tickets now.

Rutgers will return to Piscataway to take on consecutive opponents at Jersey Mike's Arena in Rider (Tuesday, Nov. 22) and Central Connecticut State (Saturday, Nov. 26).

The Scarlet Knights will then head on the road to participate in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at the University of Miami on Wednesday, November 30. Miami was (26-11) last season and had a magical run in the NCAA Tournament, before being defeated by National Champion Kansas in the Elite Eight.

RU will return home to take on Garden State rival Seton Hall on Sunday, Dec. 11. The Pirates were (21-11) last season.

The following weekend, Rutgers will take on another ACC opponent Wake Forest on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Jersey Mike's Arena. Wake Forest was (25-10) and advanced to the quarterfinals of the N.I.T. in 2021-22.

Rutgers will wrap up the non-conference schedule with consecutive Friday games at Jersey Mike's Arena. The Scarlet Knights will host Bucknell on Dec. 23, following a matchup with Coppin State on Dec. 30.

RU's Big Ten Conference slate includes 10 home games against Maryland, Michigan, and Nebraska, Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan State, and Penn State. Rutgers conference road schedule includes 10 games against Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan State, and Penn State.

Pikiell and his staff have completed an impressive rebuild of the men's basketball program since taking over in 2016. In 2021-22, the Scarlet Knights made the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back years for the first time since 1975-76.

The Scarlet Knights guaranteed their third-consecutive winning season in 2021-22, a feat that had not been accomplished in over 30 years. Rutgers had four-straight wins over ranked opponents (Michigan St., Ohio State, Wisconsin, Illinois), the first time an unranked team had done so in all of college basketball history.

Twelve wins for a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten Conference is the most wins and the highest place in the standings for Rutgers since joining the league. Pikiell moved past former head coach Tom Young for the most ranked wins for a coach in program history with 13.

The Scarlet Knights had their first-ever win against a No. 1 ranked team in Purdue. RU had its first-ever victory over Michigan, marking a defeat over every Big Ten team. Rutgers also posted its first-ever road victory at Wisconsin.

Rutgers men's basketball is coming off a season where the team set a record for sell outs (15) at Jersey Mike's Arena. In the 2021-22 season, the Scarlet Knights set a record number of season tickets sold (5,093) and are already pacing to surpass that number once again for 2022-23 season.

The entire 100 level, 200 level, floor loge and lobby loge at Jersey Mike's Arena are sold out on a season basis and only 300 level section tickets remain. Fans can act now to secure seats for the 2022-23 season. Click here to view available seating. The only way to guarantee seats for the biggest games of next year's schedule is with season tickets. Flex plans and single game tickets will go on-sale in later this fall, if available.

The full Rutgers 2022-23 non-conference schedule is below:

Day Date Opponent Site Location Home/Away
Monday November 7th Columbia Jersey Mike's Arena Piscataway, NJ Home
Thursday November 10th Sacred Heart Jersey Mike's Arena Piscataway, NJ Home
Saturday November 12th UMass Lowell Jersey Mike's Arena Piscataway, NJ Home
Friday November 18th Temple Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT Neutral
Tuesday November 22nd Rider Jersey Mike's Arena Piscataway, NJ Home
Saturday November 26th Central Conn. St. Jersey Mike's Arena Piscataway, NJ Home
Wednesday November 30th Miami Watsco Center Coral Gables, FL Away
Sunday December 11th Seton Hall Jersey Mike's Arena Piscataway, NJ Home
Saturday December 17th Wake Forest Jersey Mike's Arena Piscataway, NJ Home
Friday December 23rd Bucknell Jersey Mike's Arena Piscataway, NJ Home
Friday December 30th Coppin State Jersey Mike's Arena Piscataway, NJ Home

N.J. weather: Strong thunderstorms moving across parts of state, storm warnings issued

Keep your eye on the sky. The National Weather Service says some strong thunderstorms have started to move across parts of northern New Jersey Thursday afternoon, and some of the storms could become more intense during the late afternoon and early evening.As of 3:30 p.m., a cluster of strong thunderstorms began to sweep into areas of Hunterdon, Morris and Warren counties, with some of tho...

Keep your eye on the sky. The National Weather Service says some strong thunderstorms have started to move across parts of northern New Jersey Thursday afternoon, and some of the storms could become more intense during the late afternoon and early evening.

As of 3:30 p.m., a cluster of strong thunderstorms began to sweep into areas of Hunterdon, Morris and Warren counties, with some of those storms generating wind gusts up to 40 mph, the weather service’s Mount Holly office said in a special weather statement.

Update: At 4:15 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for central sections of Morris County, effective until 5 p.m. Thursday. This warning covers Morristown, Dover, Madison, Florham Park, East Hanover, Lincoln Park, Kinnelon, Boonton, Butler, Wharton, Rockaway, Morris Plains, Mendham, Mountain Lakes, Riverdale, Chester, Victory Gardens, Succasunna, Kenvil and Parsippany. Wind gusts up to 60 mph and penny-sized hail stones are possible with this storm cell. (Pea-sized hail was reported by a Twitter user in Whippany.)

Update: At about 4:40 p.m., the National Weather Service said a strong thunderstorm will impact parts of Bergen, Essex and eastern Passaic counties through 5:15 p.m., with wind gusts up to 50 mph.

Update: At about 4:40 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northwestern sections of Gloucester County and northwestern sections of Salem County in South Jersey, effective until 5:30 p.m. Wind gusts could get as strong as 60 mph, which could cause damage to roofs, siding, trees and power lines.

Update: At 5:15 p.m., the National Weather Service said strong thunderstorms were moving through eastern Bergen County, eastern Essex County, Hudson County and Union County, with wind gusts of 45 mph or higher. Those storms are expected to be active until 6 p.m. Thursday.

Update: At 5:15 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for all of Burlington and Camden counties, along with north-central Gloucester County, effective until 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Storm cells moving through those areas are packing wind gusts as strong as 60 mph.

Update: At 5:30 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset counties, effective until 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Storm cells moving through those areas are packing wind gusts as strong as 60 mph and small hail.

Update: At 6 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Burlington County and northeastern Ocean County, effective until 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

The storms are forming along a cold front that will be drifting across the state, and forecasters say the front could trigger strong thunderstorms with damaging winds, heavy downpours and small hail.

Shortly before 3 p.m., a few thunderstorms began popping up in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania, and forecasters said those were part of a line of storms expected to slide across New Jersey during the next few hours.

Forecasters say the summer-like temperatures — with some areas of New Jersey reaching the upper 80s early Thursday afternoon — could contribute to the instability in the atmosphere, adding to the strength of the thunderstorms that develop Thursday evening.

Temperatures were in the low 60s early Thursday morning and climbed into the mid-70s in many areas by 9:30 a.m. under bright sunny skies. By 2 p.m. Thursday, the mercury rose as high as 87 degrees in Sicklerville in Camden County, and 87 degrees in Berkeley Township and Toms River in Ocean County.

Several parts of Bergen, Hudson, Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties had temperature readings of 85 to 86 degrees, according to data from the Rutgers NJ Weather Network. That’s more than 20 degrees warmer than normal for April 14.

At about 2:45 p.m., the mercury rose to 88 degrees at Newark Liberty International Airport, tying the city’s daily record high, originally set in 1941, according to the National Weather Service’s New York regional office.

Cooler weather on the way

Our summer-like weather won’t last long. After the thunderstorms wind down Thursday night, lows are forecast to fall into the 40s overnight as skies clear.

Friday will be a pleasant day, with sunny skies and highs in the upper 60s before a partly cloudy night with temperature in the upper 40s and low 50s.

New Jersey faces another chance of rain on Saturday, with forecasters calling for scattered afternoon showers. Otherwise, we’ll have partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s.

Easter Sunday will be cooler, despite the sunshine, with highs in the upper 50s. Temperatures will stay on the cooler side early next week, with highs likely not climbing above the 50s.

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NJ Advance Media staff writer Jeff Goldman contributed to this report.

Two years post-lockdown, what is the state of divorce in NJ?

Immediately prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2019, New Jersey had the 7th-lowest divorce rate in the nation, at 6.3% divorced women per 1,000 married individuals according to U.S. News & World Report.Once the shutdowns and lockdowns of the spring of 2020 went into effect, however, couples in the Garden State who were headed toward a split found themselves at a crossroads.For one thing, partn...

Immediately prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2019, New Jersey had the 7th-lowest divorce rate in the nation, at 6.3% divorced women per 1,000 married individuals according to U.S. News & World Report.

Once the shutdowns and lockdowns of the spring of 2020 went into effect, however, couples in the Garden State who were headed toward a split found themselves at a crossroads.

For one thing, partners struggled to find adequate privacy to have confidential conversations with their attorneys, according to Bari Weinberger, managing partner of New Jersey-based Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group.

They took those talks into their cars, runs to the supermarket, or dog walks, just for a few minutes, so they would not have to cancel appointments with counsel.

Weinberger said it only added to the early pandemic stresses of keeping the family unit safe and healthy, maintaining job security, and navigating remote learning and custody for kids.

But for some, after a short time, the pressure became unsustainable, according to Weinberger.

"Marriages, where there were already pre-existing pressures and strains, were especially at risk during this time," she said. "In other situations, the pandemic finally revealed long-simmering tensions."

This was especially true in the case that a family-run business went under because it had to shut down.

If a couple had not already filed for divorce before the pandemic, Weinberger said, the lockdown made many wait to do so, considering court proceedings were greatly curtailed.

Once law offices started to open up again, though, spouses felt they could, too.

"The state of their relationship started to become a little bit easier, so that they can go and get the advice that they needed in order to explore their options and their rights," Weinberger said.

But clearing the court backlog remains a lingering concern more than two years later, she said, as there are just not enough judges to go around.

On the other hand, some marriages may have moved toward reconciliation with all the time spent together at home, or at least made partners reconsider.

"Not necessarily going toward divorce, but instead going to a marriage counselor and/or a clergy person with whom they have a good relationship, or a trusted advisor, in order to take steps to remedy the difficulties in their marriage first," Weinberger said.

Sticking together through an unprecedented health crisis could have been just the recipe some needed to focus on themselves, according to Weinberger.

"These couples often availed themselves to online therapy or virtual Zoom attorney consultation, even to help guide them toward reconciliation efforts," she said.

Weinberger suggests that as court appointments may still be hard to come by, couples who do not reconcile but remain reasonably civil should instead seek a settlement.

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

Duke, Arizona Announce Home-and-Home Series

DURHAM – Duke and Arizona announced Monday a two-game home-and-home series in men's basketball that begins with a showdown at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the 2023-24 season.The Blue Devils and Wildcats are scheduled to meet in Durham on November 10, 2023, with Duke returning a trip to Tucson the following season on November 21, 2024. Times and TV have yet to be released.Duke and Arizona are two of the winningest programs in college basketball history with the Blue Devils, led by first-year head coach ...

DURHAM – Duke and Arizona announced Monday a two-game home-and-home series in men's basketball that begins with a showdown at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the 2023-24 season.

The Blue Devils and Wildcats are scheduled to meet in Durham on November 10, 2023, with Duke returning a trip to Tucson the following season on November 21, 2024. Times and TV have yet to be released.

Duke and Arizona are two of the winningest programs in college basketball history with the Blue Devils, led by first-year head coach Jon Scheyer, ranked fourth on the all-time wins lists with 2,246. Duke boasts five national championships, 44 NCAA Tournament appearances and an all-time winning percentage of .711.

Under second-year head coach Tommy Lloyd, Arizona is 11th in all-time wins (1,884), with one national title, 34 NCAA appearances and a .661 all-time winning percentage.

Arizona holds a 5-4 lead in the all-time series, with six of the meetings coming on neutral courts. Each of the last eight games played between the interconference rivals since 1988 have been Top 25 matchups, with six of them being Top 10 tilts.

The teams last met on November 29, 2013, a 72-66 Wildcats' victory in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. Arizona also defeated Duke on March 24, 2011, in the NCAA West Regional Semifinal in Anaheim, Calif.

Behind double-doubles from Shane Battier and Carlos Boozer, the Blue Devils knocked off the Wildcats, 82-72, in the 2001 National Championship game in Minneapolis for the program's third, of now five, national titles. Duke also won 95-87 in the Maui Invitational title game in 1997 with the teams ranked No. 3 and No. 1, respectively.

Arizona has played just once previously at Cameron Indoor Stadium – a 78-76 Duke win on February 25, 1990. Duke is 0-2 in games versus Arizona at the McKale Center in Tucson, including a 103-96 double-overtime classic on February 24, 1991.

Duke Head Coach Jon Scheyer "I have tremendous respect for Tommy Lloyd and Arizona. For our team, I'm grateful for what I know will be important early-season tests. For our fans and for college basketball, it will be exciting to see these storied programs over the next two years come together in two of the greatest on-campus venues in the sport."

Arizona Head Coach Tommy Lloyd "We felt this was a great opportunity to play two games against an incredible program like Duke. Both programs are national brands with a rich history and have played some memorable games against each other, especially in the NCAA Tournament. But Coach Scheyer and I both felt these games would benefit our programs and be something that our fans would be excited about."

Duke vs. Arizona All-Time Series (Arizona leads 5-4) Dec. 16, 1961 -- Duke, 78-47 -- Pittsburgh, Pa. (Steel Bowl Tournament; Fitzgerald Fieldhouse) Dec. 30, 1987 -- Arizona, 91-85 -- Tucson, Ariz. (Fiesta Bowl Classic; McKale Center) Feb. 26, 1989 -- Arizona, 77-75 -- East Rutherford, N.J. (Meadowlands Arena) Feb. 25, 1990 -- Duke, 78-76 -- Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium) Feb. 24, 1991 -- Arizona, 103-96 (2ot) -- Tucson, Ariz. (McKale Center) Nov. 26, 1997 -- Duke, 95-87 -- Lahaina, Hawaii (Maui Invitational; Lahaina Civic Center) April 2, 2001 -- Duke, 82-72 -- Minneapolis, Minn. (NCAA Final Four; Metrodome) March 24, 2011 -- Arizona, 93-77 -- Anaheim, Calif. (NCAA West Regional; Honda Center) Nov. 29, 2013 -- Arizona, 72-66 -- New York, N.Y. (NIT Season Tip-Off; Madison Square Garden)

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Westminster dog show 2022: Obedience winner is Willie in 7th consecutive N.J. victory

It’s official. New Jersey has really gone to the dogs.For the seventh year in a row, a canine competitor from the Garden State has been named winner of the Westminster Masters Obedience Championship.Willie, a 5-year-old Australian shepherd ...

It’s official. New Jersey has really gone to the dogs.

For the seventh year in a row, a canine competitor from the Garden State has been named winner of the Westminster Masters Obedience Championship.

Willie, a 5-year-old Australian shepherd from Flemington, and his owner-handler Kathleen Keller, delivered the laser-sharp focus and strong bond necessary for excellence in obedience at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club dog show Monday in Tarrytown, New York.

Willie’s 2022 win was also the first time in Westminster history that a dog has won both the obedience championship and high in trial. The Jersey dog, whose registered name is OTCH Blue Skies At Dejavu UDX OM1, posted the best combined score — 397.5 out of a possible 400 points.

New Jersey dogs emerged as top Westminster obedience dogs after obedience was added to the show in 2016.

The sport requires dogs to follow their handler’s every directive — running, walking, turning and jumping over hurdles on command, as well as retrieving objects and coming to a complete stop at a moment’s notice. They must also excel at scent discrimination, or picking up their owner’s scent on an object (see Willie and other dogs compete in the video below).

Heart, a Labrador retriever owned and handled by Linda Brennan of Columbia, Warren County — a longtime trainer at Top Dog Obedience School in Flanders, Morris County — was named obedience champion in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. When Heart and Brennan won a fifth time in 2020, they retired the trophy.

In 2021, a Labrador retriever named Grant and his owner-handler Mary Ann Flanagan of Glen Gardner won the obedience championship, keeping the competition a Jersey-dominated sport.

Obedience was just one part of the 2022 Westminster dog show underway Monday, as most dogs competed for best of breed on the grounds of the Lyndhurst estate. The prestigious dog show will name its best in show Wednesday, June 22 (see our watch guide).

Last year, the small but very glamorous Wasabi, a puffy Pekingese, won best in show at Westminster.

The dog show, traditionally a winter affair in Manhattan (at the Piers and Madison Square Garden), was postponed because of COVID-19 concerns for the second consecutive year. That’s why Westminster is again a summer competition on the grass and in tents outside the stately Westchester County mansion.

While Westminster is strongly associated with purebred dogs because of its emphasis on conformation to breed standards, obedience is one of two Westminster events that allow mixed-breed dogs. The kennel club calls them “all-American” dogs.

The other Westminster sport that allows mixed breeds is agility, added in 2014.

Like obedience, the high-flying sport involves obstacles, but is a timed course where speed is judged alongside skill. In both contests, the connection between dog and handler is of prime importance.

On Saturday, Bee, a Shetland sheepdog handled by Jennifer Crank of Pickerington, Ohio, won the Westminster Masters Agility Championship by conquering a series of obstacles in just 29.81 seconds.

The 2022 Westminster Kennel Club dog show continues Tuesday, June 21 with competition in toy, terrier and non-sporting breeds, followed by evening group competition for toy, non-sporting, hound and herding groups.

Sporting and working breeds compete Wednesday, June 22. Group competition is Wednesday night for sporting, working and terrier groups, followed by best in show.

See our complete viewing guide for how to watch the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club dog show, including air times, channels and free streaming.

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Amy Kuperinsky may be reached at [email protected] and followed at @AmyKup on Twitter.

Why Boxwood, a Perennial Favorite, Needs a New Approach

It’s time for boxwood-loving gardeners to learn the abbreviation B.M.P. — best management practices — and get with the program. Boxwood needs our informed attention and care to do its job as the indispensable landscape element it has become since the first Buxus were planted in the United States in the mid-17th century.It is hard to think of another plant that lends such year-round structure to a design as boxwood, defining spaces with its evergreen presence, while holding little interest for hungry deer — anot...

It’s time for boxwood-loving gardeners to learn the abbreviation B.M.P. — best management practices — and get with the program. Boxwood needs our informed attention and care to do its job as the indispensable landscape element it has become since the first Buxus were planted in the United States in the mid-17th century.

It is hard to think of another plant that lends such year-round structure to a design as boxwood, defining spaces with its evergreen presence, while holding little interest for hungry deer — another big plus.

But in the last decade or so, the fungal pathogen Calonectria pseudonaviculata, which causes boxwood blight, has tarnished this garden mainstay and important nursery crop. The disease — first identified in the United States in 2011 and recorded in at least 30 states and the District of Columbia since then — has triggered a surge of research into how to control it, and into the possibility of breeding resistance into boxwood genetics.

For Andrea J. Filippone, an architect and designer of landscapes and interiors who owns AJF Design, the challenge underscores a feeling she was having years before the arrival of the disease. The conventional wisdom of boxwood maintenance — starting with regular, drastic shearing to within an inch of the plant’s life — didn’t seem to her to match boxwood’s needs.

“This plant, historically, has been mistreated,” said Ms. Filippone, who in March became president of the American Boxwood Society, an organization of enthusiasts, from nursery professionals to home growers. “We baby this plant to death. Plants are overwatered, over-fertilized and allowed only a little crust of leaves to photosynthesize with.”

She is not alone in her assessment.

“It’s our cultural decisions that have created the high numbers of susceptible plants, really,” said Margery Daughtrey, a plant pathologist and senior extension associate at Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science.

Ms. Daughtrey pointed to conditions we commonly create that invite trouble: Wall-like stretches of hedging, for example, are boxwood monocultures. And there is nothing more hospitable to fungi than close quarters, where moisture can build when air and light are excluded.

Especially vulnerable are the low hedges that define traditional herb gardens or formal rose gardens, she said. They’re easy targets for disease, if rainfall or watering splashes fungal spores up from the soil onto the plants.

A New Mind-Set for the Boxwood Gardener

The bottom line: If we appreciate the value of boxwood, we must change our ways. That means choosing the most resistant varieties for new plantings and fine-tuning our care regimens for new and existing plants to a more sustainable approach — those best management practices.

These guidelines, from looser pruning to regular mulching and more, need to become what Bennett Saunders, of Saunders Brothers, called “a new mind-set of the boxwood gardener.” His Virginia-based family business, a wholesale nursery that is more than a century old, has made boxwood its “signature crop” since around 1950, he said. Today, that means focusing on breeding for more resilience against blight and boxwood leafminer, an insect pest.

Saunders Brothers has been actively selecting among cultivars for blight resistance since 2011, when the nursery had about 150 varieties in its collection to evaluate. The gardeners there began making crosses of the more resistant varieties, and now the resulting 5,000 unique seedlings need to be screened for disease and pest resistance. The process continues, but two cultivars have been introduced so far: NewGen Independence and NewGen Freedom.

“We have tested hundreds of varieties, and we have yet to find one that is completely resistant to blight,” Mr. Saunders said. “We are finding incrementally better plants — against blight and leafminer.”

At the same time, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and a number of universities — in Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut and New York — are also seeking solutions. A lot is at stake: A 2020 U.S.D.A. report estimated that more than 11 million boxwood plants are sold annually, at a market value of $126 million.

A Closer Look at Boxwood Blight

A gardener may not notice that something is wrong with boxwood until obvious symptoms like rapid defoliation occur. But blight’s first tip-off is on the foliage: brown spots with dark edges, sometimes surrounded by yellow halos. This isn’t the tan or brown coloration that results from winter injury, de-icing salt damage or drought. Blight-affected leaves usually drop, revealing black, streaky lesions on the stems.

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station reports that of the most commonly grown boxwood species, Buxus sempervirens is the most susceptible to blight, followed by B. microphylla crosses with sempervirens and then B. microphylla. B. sinica is the least susceptible. However, the report cautioned, “while we can make general conclusions, there is a lot of variation within species and that has to be recognized.”

Including a variety’s shape: “Cultivar architecture is a huge determinant of blight,” Mr. Saunders said.

Boxwood is especially conducive to blight during prolonged periods when the foliage remains wet or humidity is high, particularly when temperatures are between 60 and 77 degrees. The fungus may go temporarily dormant during hot, dry periods or winter cold. A climate like Atlanta’s may have conditions favorable for blight during many months of an average year. And extra-rainy growing seasons, like 2018’s in the Eastern United States, can cause epidemic-level outbreaks.

The sticky pathogen can be spread by tools and other equipment, on clothing or by moving infected plants and plant debris. Spores once introduced can live in the soil for years. And boxwood family relatives Pachysandra and sweet box (Sarcococca) can also be hosts to the fungus.

Making New Choices, for the Moment

Ms. Filippone never thought of herself as a boxwood type until 1992, when she bought an 18th-century dairy farm in Pottersville, N.J., that came not with cows, but deer.

How could she create the defining, evergreen elements of the formal, historic-style landscape that she craved and that her architecture-trained eye imagined? Thirty or 40 visiting deer, she knew, would make short order of hedges of yew (Taxus).

The answer: boxwood.

Today, the place where she and her husband, Eric T. Fleisher, of F2 Environmental Design, live and garden is called Jardin de Buis, or garden of boxwood. Their property, where they operate a small boxwood nursery, is a popular destination on Garden Conservancy Open Days (June 12 this year).

But as much as she loves particular ones to create the perfect globe, mound or pillar, certain favorites don’t hold up to today’s disease pressure. So she is taking a pause on using them, especially some of the dwarf types.

Likewise, at Saunders Brothers, former mainstay classics like dwarf English boxwood (Buxus sempervirens Suffruticosa) are no longer offered for sale.

“You don’t want to make all your boxwood choices related to blight,” Ms. Daughtrey said. “But it’s such an eliminator that perhaps, for a while, we should choose based on whether they will make blight more or less likely.”

B.M.P. for Growing Boxwood at Home

There is no cure for blight — even chemical fungicide sprays are only preventive — but there is a tool kit of cultural tactics offering gardeners the best chance for success.

“Fungicides aren’t medicine; they’re protectants,” Ms. Daughtrey said. Affected plant parts must be removed and destroyed before management with fungicides is attempted. Always bag all debris — don’t compost it — and apply a thin layer of fresh mulch to cover fallen leaves, reducing inoculum.

As with leafminer, which is more often seen on cultivars commonly grown in Northern areas, blight must be managed. (In 2021, another pest, the box tree moth, entered the United States on nursery plants from Canada, but it’s too soon to know how its presence will unfold, or what its impact will be.)

Our main goals are light and air. Studies have shown that leaving a boxwood shaggier reduces blight. Again: low hedges are particularly susceptible, so pruning up a bit to encourage air movement underneath the plants is helpful. Cleaning tools frequently with a disinfectant also helps prevent transmission.

“If we could eliminate even just that low-hedge type of planting, all the others would do better,” said Ms. Daughtrey, who has worked with colleagues to compile more information at BoxwoodHealth.org. “The taller a plant is and the farther from the ground, the more air it’s catching and the better it looks.”

Some tactics are simple (and reminiscent of tomato best practices): Don’t water overhead; don’t work among plants when the foliage is wet.

And don’t forget to mulch: Research by Chuanxue Hong, a professor of plant pathology at Virginia Tech, has shown that a mulch layer is up to 97 percent effective at blocking spores that would otherwise splash up onto plants.

“A leaf that might have fallen off an infected plant the year before can’t come back and haunt it again if it’s buried,” said Ms. Daughtrey, who is looking forward to a rapid test for blight that is in development — and to the fruit of collaborative efforts to build a better boxwood today.

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