Pruning - Knowledgebase Question

Ripley, TN
Question by wtucker2
September 18, 2006
How much can you prune yews back and when is the proper time?


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Answer from NGA
September 18, 2006

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Yews are slow growing plants and they put out much of their new growth energy in the springtime. So, to take advantage of that, do your pruning in the spring, as soon as you notice new growth on the plant. To maintain the health of your yew (and most other landscape plants), don't remove more than about one-third of the live material in any one pruning session. If your shrubs are quite overgrown, you'll want to reduce their size over a 2-3 year period.

Best wishes with your landscape.

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