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Yew Hedging - Planting & Care Guide

Yew hedges are a popular choice for gardeners looking for a low-maintenance, evergreen hedge that can provide year-round privacy and structure to their outdoor space. Although known as being slow growing, in the right position, they can put on growth of 20-40cm.

Here are some tips for planting and caring for yew hedging:

  1. Choose the right location: Yews prefer well-drained soil and partial to full shade. Avoid planting them in areas that are prone to waterlogging or in full sun.

  2. Prepare the soil: Before planting, prepare the soil by digging a trench about 60cm wide and 30cm deep. Mix in some compost or well-rotted manure to improve soil fertility and drainage. Ideally Yew prefer a mildly acidic soil.

  3. Planting: Yews are typically planted in early spring or autumn for best results. Space the plants about 30-45cm apart to form a dense hedge.

  4. Watering: Water your yew hedge regularly during the first year to help establish the roots. After that, yews are relatively drought-tolerant and require little watering unless there is a prolonged dry spell. You can add a thin layer of mulch around the base of the plants to keep the soil moist and prevent weed competition.

  5. Pruning: Yews can be pruned to any height or shape, making them a versatile choice for hedging. Prune your yew hedge in late summer to maintain its shape and size.

  6. Fertilizing: Yews don't require much fertilizer, but a light application of a balanced fertilizer in spring can help encourage healthy growth.

  7. Pest and disease control: Yews are relatively disease-resistant, but they can be susceptible to scale insects and spider mites. Regularly inspect your yew hedge for signs of pests or disease and treat as necessary.

Don't forget that the foliage of yew can be toxic to humans, so wash your hands thoroughly after handling.

By following these tips, you can plant and care for a healthy and attractive yew hedge that will provide years of privacy and structure to your garden.

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