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Moving a Yew

pootlerpootler Posts: 95

I have a few smallish yew bushes I want to move, their trunks are about the same diameter as a broom.

I have a half yew half skimmia low hedge but the skimmia are not happy.  So I am thinking of transplanting the skimmia and then popping in a few of the relatively well established bushes to fill in.  I know yew can be a bit temperamental to move but it's cheaper for me to move ones I already have as it will cost me about £100 to buy replacements.  

I can't seem to get a straight answer on the best time to move them, today someone told me after the 1st November but before the spring and elsewhere I have read wait for spring.




  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,874

    sping and autumn are generally recommended for moving evergreens. If you can get them out with a good rootball they'll hardly notice

  • pootlerpootler Posts: 95

    Thank you for your advice, here is a picture to give you a better idea.  The hedge is at the top of the steps you can just see the end of it.  The yew I want to move is kind of hedgehog shaped in the middle of the pic.  


     I think it is the churchyard type English yew.

  • A good mulch will help too.

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    Love your garden Pootler, looks great. Now is a good time to move evergreens though early spring is also good.

    My experience is Yew likes well draining soil. They make a good hedge as long as they are away from salt spray from roads (sure way to brown any evergreen). They can do full shade but prefer full sun. I moved some Yew in pots (I was thinking of loose topiary) into the ground a few weeks back. They are much greener and happier looking already as they were bronzing due to lack of water and nutrients. Some bone meal and leaf mulch and they should be happy to move now.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,874

    Be prepared to find extensive roots and try to preserve them. I was surprised at the extent of root when I moved one. I didn't think it had been there long and didn't look any bigger than yours

  • pootlerpootler Posts: 95

    Thank you all for your help, I have started taking out the skimmias in anticipation.  From what you say I think the key is the preparation.  I will let you know how it goes!

  • We dug out the yews but unfortinately they didn't make it.  The root ball was too big to put in the space they needed to fill.  So I had to buy some young plants from the GC which seem to be happy in their new home.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,269

    Thanks for the update Pootler - it's always good to find out how things have gone.

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