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Yew Trees

We have 2 rows of yew trees that have bee planted as screening but they were never planted 2ft apart, some have grown tall and skinny and others have not grown in height at all.  Would it be best to pull them up and replant 2ft apart, I think I know that the answer is yes, but when would be the best time to do this?  Shall I trim the tall skinny ones in the hope that they will thicken up?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,088

    How far apart were they planted?

    When were they planted and how tall are they?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • About 15" apart, some were planted about 6 years ago and then some more were planted 2 years ago!  Some are 4ft high the tall skinny ones, and some are only 2ft tall


  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    Feed them and prune them and leave them where they are. If they get too congested you can always remove some of them and probably plant them elsewhere.

    Yew is such a good hedging plant. It is very forgiving and it grows pretty fast and unlike Laylandii it will spring after pruning from bare wood.
  • Thing is I was watching Gardeners World on Friday and Monty said they should grow about a foot every year, I'm concerned that because they are so close together the growth is being restricted on one side and those on the other side are growing tall and skinny?  Also it looks as though they haven't been planted deep enough on one side as I can see spindly roots on the top of the soil, both these things could be causing some of the problems?

  • thank you all for your suggestions.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    I'd go with your advice Verdunimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    My pleasure Verdunimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Verdun and Nut Going back to what you said about my yew trees I am now going to get on and mulch them in the next couple of weeks after giving them lots of water, I have also been advised to mulch them with mushroom compost, what do you think?Also once mulched are you saying to give them fertiliser in the Spring as opposed to sooner?

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