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Saving Yew hedges

First post here!
Last autumn we bought 20 2m high root balled yews mainly for a hedge.
They got seriously battered by storms over winter and then a bit dried out this spring.
Several of them were very brown but we managed to save them using a handful of superphosphate each as well as plenty of watering.
3 are looking very dead but whilst most have sprung back from the point of oblivion; 3 are clinging to life by their fingertips (if they had them).
question : how often can I apply superphosphate and could I damage the plants if I over apply?
Thanks in anticipation 


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,744
    HI ,and welcome to the Forum. 
    I'd not feed drought stressed plants. Keep on top of the watering and hold your nerve. 
  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    I put in a 72 foot run of Yew last Autumn, have the same problem. Not sure if I should call the brown ones 'missed strikes' and consider replacements. The ones that took are doing great, but way too many are still brown and not showing any sign of recovery.
  • philmc777philmc777 Posts: 2
    Thanks guys. Well, I’ve taken the decision to feed a couple and leave a couple. Just gunna see what happens. Living a crazy dangerous life 😁
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,446
    Run a soaker hose down the full line and give them a good soak for several hours twice a week, and again if it is very hot.
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