Answer: In your region, partial shade in summer is recommended for yews, as is winter protection from drying winds and bright sun. Acidic (ph 4.5-6.5), humusy soil that drains well is best, and during this first summer, keep the soil slightly moist to help them get well established. 'Densiformis' is naturally compact, and may need no pruning at all. If some branches do stick out, you can cut them back to maintain the shape of the shrub. The pruning season for yews is during the early part of the growing season. Do no pruning after midsummer so that the shrub can concentrate on developing hardiness for the winter. Enjoy!
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