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Questions About Yews

Asked by
blackthumb on
June 6, 2011

Q. Will My Yew Bushes Survive With Burlap Sacks on Them?

My landscaper just installed a lot of stuff. I was watering my yews and noticed the burlap sacks were still tied around the root ball. I untied the knots and spread it away from the top of the root ball. Will my Yews survive this? Or do I have to raise —- with my landscaper?

Answered by
Jackie on
June 9, 2011
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In theory, the burlap should rot away over time as the roots grow. I usually slit the burlap to give the roots a better chance, but I'm told it isn't necessary.

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Asked by
mickgoik on
May 22, 2012

Q. Some of my yews look like they are dying

I have 72 yews in my front yard as a hedge. Some of them did not fair well over the winter and look like they are dead (little or no foliage). However, some of the bushes right next to them look green and hardy.

Answered by
Heather on
May 26, 2012
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They likely have winter burn. This article will help you:
http://www.ppdl.purdue.edu/PPDL/weeklypics/6-2-08.html

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Asked by
tlady on
July 14, 2012

Q. When to trim Yews

The yews are overgrown with some dead areas due to ice damage.

Answered by
Nikki on
July 16, 2012
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Early to mid-spring is the recommended time for pruning yew shrubs, though you could do some light trimming only in the fall. Also, drastic pruning will greatly reduce its greenery, so any trimming you perform should be light unless you are willing to live with the loss of green for awhile. Yews can be cut back into older branches but new shoot emergence from old buds will take years and new growth will likely be thin and unattractive. However, it should be ok to lightly trim out the damaged foliage.

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Asked by
helenr929 on
July 14, 2012

Q. Trimming yews

My low growing yews [Japanese, I think] have dead spots due to the extreme heat these past few weeks. Can this be trimmed out? Thanks.

Answered by
Nikki on
July 16, 2012
Certified Expert
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Early to mid-spring is the recommended time for pruning yew shrubs, though you could do some light trimming only in the fall. However, it should be ok to lightly trim out the damaged foliage now.

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Asked by
sakellson on
April 19, 2015
fargo, nd zone 4 I believe

Q. yews in full sun

Will yews do well in full sun? South exposure, probably 6 hours of sun about 3 feet from house foundation.

Answered by
shelley on
April 19, 2015
Certified Expert
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Yews grow best in full sun to part shade and are hardy in zones 4-7 so I would say things are a go!

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Asked by
Eastviewfarm on
May 4, 2015
Zone 3 , northwest Iowa

Q. looking for yew variety

I have two low growing (sheared) yews which never turn brown and I want to buy more to replace another variety of yew which is turning brown and dying. Can anyone tell me what the name of the variety is that I should look for?

Answered by
shelley on
May 5, 2015
Certified Expert
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All yews are evergreen and have the potential to turn brown if exposed to certain environmental conditions (harsh winter - winter burn, insect pests, etc.). There isn't a variety that would be resilient to that. You may not want to throw in the towel on that shrub of yours yet - it probably sustained some winter injury and there are things you can try to revive it, which are discussed in the following article:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/shgen/winter-damage-of-shrubs.htm

Here is an article that discusses the different Yew shrub types:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/yew/growing-yew-shrubs.htm

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Asked by
jeffpetersen on
June 12, 2015

Q. Yew Shrubs

A gardener trimmed our Yew shrubs way back this spring and friends tell us they won’t grow back. Is that true?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 13, 2015
Certified Expert
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Well this can be shocking to look at!
You should be able to see new growth emerging from buds along the remaining branches.
It may be 2 to 3 years before the Yew appears whole again.
You may want to give your hedge some extra attention this summer with water during dry times.
New growth will need more water, an inch of water per week.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/yew/growing-yew-shrubs.htm

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