or just to the extent of any other shrub/ tree?
Is this of any help? http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/planting-under-yew-tree/78202.html
Not sure about the dog licking it's paws - never known anything like that to happen, we had yews on the smallholding (not around the meadows) and we had dogs, cats, free range poultry etc - none of them came to any harm from the yew trees. Maybe Steve the Vet will have a view ...
Cheers Dove. Something wrong with site at the mo - will try later.
Oh pooh! It worked earlier ... I know that Daniel's aware of another broken link which is being sorted - I've alerted him to this one in the hope it can be fixed at the same time
No idea re variety. It's a very mature yew that was here when I bought the house. I'd like to take the front back a way to widen an access but having peered through the branches I can see that this would leave me with, in effect, a pollarded tree trunk (someone has chopped the head off previously). This would lose some privacy so would need to plant something next to it - hence wondering what state the soil might be in.
Pps I've since realised that yew is a conifer so my question doesn't make sense. But you seem to have worked out what I meant!