Yew Hedge

Yew Hedge

The yew plant is a great candidate for hedging purposes due to its dense green foliage. Generally, yew plants can grow more than 30 feet in height and some plants can reach 50 feet high. You can choose your desired species from the local nurseries. Like most shrub plants, yew is slow-growing plants and the growth rate will be less than one foot in a year. Some yew plants will produce toxic seeds and you should protect your children from these seeds.

If you decide to plant some yew plants in your backyard as a hedge, you need to choose a place with adequate sunlight and well-drained soil conditions during the day. The can also tolerate some partial-shade environment. The ideal planting season is in spring before everything starts to grow. When digging the hole for the root ball, the size of the hole should be at least twice as much as the root ball. You should avoid digging too deep and you should consult the professional in nurseries about the height of the hole. Some compost can be mixed into the soil to provide some extra organic matters into the soil.

Each yew plant should be spaced at least 3 feet apart for the future growth. The fully grown plant will be at least 6 feet in height. During the first several weeks, you should apply adequate water for your plants to help them establish their roots. You can apply some mulching material around the roots area to preserve the moisture and supress the growth of weeds. When the tree is fully grown, you should decrease the times of watering because their robust root system can be able to get required nutrients and water for the tree.

Image provided by Rose and Trev Clough [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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