The Q&A Archives: "planting Yews In The Landscape"

Question: How do you plant yews?

Answer: Planting procedures for yews would be similar to those for most other shrubs. Allow space for the plant to grow and mature, select a location with average or better soil fertility and structure with average soil moisture levels or evenly moist yet well drained, and adequate light. Loosen the soil down slightly deeper than the root ball and several feet across to encourage rooting. Remove pot or burlap and twine, loosen any tightly encircling roots, set the plant in the soil at the same depth it grew before or slightly higher, and backfill, tamping gently but firmly. When the hole is about halfway refilled, water to settle the soil, then finish refilling the soil and water again to settle the soil and eliminate any air pockets. Now apply several inches of organic mulch such as shredded hardwood bark to cover the root zone. Do not allow the mulch to touch the stem or trunk. Water as needed to keep the soil evenly moist but not sopping wet during the establishment period, meaning the first year any time the ground is not frozen. Keep in mind that a deep soaking to encourage deep roots is preferable over a daily light sprinkling, and use your fingers to chek the soilmoisture an inch or two deep. Water during extended dry periods during the next few years. Maintain the mulch level at several inches to help moderate soil temperature, conserve moisture and keep down weeds.

You may also find that the nursery where you purchase the plants provides planting instructions that must be followed in order for a warranty to apply, if this is the case, follow those instructions. The nursery should also be able to consult with you as the whether or not yews would be a good plant choice for the location you have in mind.

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