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Dying Yew Hedge


I have a friend who has yew hedges that are some years old. She has one section that is approximately 30ft long 7ft high and 3ft wide. She has asked me to look at it with a view to cutting out a long section about 8ft long that has died, there are also dead sections appearing either side of it and smaller ones further down the line. I am trying to find out if it is down to excess water as the site is quite wet, it is sloping but the ground in quite wet as it is surrounded by large trees and the grass is mainly moss. It is a large site and is not well tended as she is a widow and the garden is really too large but I just wanted to get advice as she wants me to chop out the offending section and go from there, I am loathed to do it if it will come back but conversely if it halts any further die back then i need to get on with it. I can post pictures later if needed but just wanted advice really. I am not a very good gardener, I tend to dig the holes for plants and built structures. 


  • TigrahTigrah Posts: 125

    I don't have much experience with yew myself, but I assume pictures will definitely those that do with diagnosing the problem and give advice accordinglyimage

    I would upload those pictures now so somebody can give you a better answer straight away 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,882

    Yes please, we do need pictures. If they don't upload try reducing the size. 


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

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    This is happening in Edinburgh. A 35 year old hedge dying

    and a100 year old 25 ft specimen. The hedge is Taxus Baccata x Media Hicksi yew.

    The specimem tree is not a yew.

    Is there any explanation for this.

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