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Yew hedge issue!


I  have a yew hedge that has been planted approx 18 mths but the two end ones (opposite)look slightly brown. As seen above. They are protected from the wind. Can anyone suggest reasons for this discolouration compared to the others or how to improve the situation please. 

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,164
    Do you own a male dog?
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • No, but there is a bitch next door. 
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,164
    Hmm, no I was thinking more of urine burning the leaves. 
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,562
    pansyface said:
    Hmm, no I was thinking more of urine burning the leaves. 
    If a dog's big enough to reach that high up you're probably better off leaving him to wee in peace :#
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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,164
    Maybe I have got the scale of the picture wrong. I thought they were only about a foot tall.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,562
    Ah I see. I was going by the chairs behind and thought they were more like nudgling 1.5 metres.

    Either way if they were planted 18 months ago they've survived the beast from the east, the summer drought and being peed on by giant dogs so they're probably just showing some battle scars. Maybe the end ones had less soil than the middle ones or the heat from the patio slabs kept the roots drier?
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  • Thanks, appreciate all the advice. I’ll keep the faith and fingers  crossed they will recover. 
  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 1,287
    edited November 2018
    You mean the other end of the hedge run?
    Might be patio foundations mean they get less moisture. With the hot summer we had, but saying that the others ought to have been affected, unless the conditions either end warrant it.
    Also opposite, conditions if they got too wet, yew does not like very soggy feet, I think it affects them more when young.

    Looks like someone has used a pressure washer?
    Any chemicals used or maybe somehow water excess or damage?
    Though I imagine that would affect the others too.

    Sometimes odd ones do die off. I saw three in a long run of hedge newly planted that died off for unexplained reason. It was a public garden and we were curious and asked a gardener there that is what they said rather than anything like rocks or debris, it had been a well prepared bed.

    Have a little snip at an end or two and see if they look alive, or scrape a little bark lower down see if they look alive.
    Good thing with Yew is they will regenerate green again if it is just a surface damage.
    Anyway ,  nice choice my favourite kind of hedge plant and tree.
  • Rubytoo - excellent and very informative advice. Thank you. 
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