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03-16-2004, 08:00 AM
A property we maintain has a row of upright yews 4 ft high-1/2 mile long. 50% of the hedge row has turned a tint of red while the other half is fine. Last spring due to excessive rain and drainage problems the damaged sections were under water and I believe this is the damage this spring. I would appreciate any input. Do you think they are history, or is there something i can do? Thanks Harry

P&C Lawn Care
03-16-2004, 08:39 AM
My experiance with Yews is that they like well drained soil. What did they look like during the summer? Maybe you could post a picture and get some more input from others. They may be history.

03-16-2004, 08:48 AM
Last summer they were thinning very slightly so i fertilized with 10-10-10. Thanks for your input-Harry

03-16-2004, 09:53 AM
are they near the road?

03-16-2004, 10:57 AM
They are about 30 ft. off the Highway. Were you thinking of salt damage?-Harry

P&C Lawn Care
03-16-2004, 03:22 PM
Wouldn't salt damage get both rows? I would think more drainage, yews don't like wet feet.

03-16-2004, 04:38 PM
is it on the South-southwest side of the plants only? or is the entire plant? if its just the southwest side its winter burn, and will heal up in the spring normally.

03-16-2004, 05:51 PM
The entire plant on the damaged shrubs is reddish tint. The shrubs next to it are perfectly green. I would guess it was wet feet. Though the drainage problem is fixed, do you think I can be seeing the damage from 8-10 months ago?-Harry

03-16-2004, 08:50 PM
Yews hate wet feet, I think that is definately the problem especially if the areas that were under water are the ones showing the problem. The damage has been done, Pray!

P&C Lawn Care
03-17-2004, 03:08 PM
Trees and shrubs are slow to show damage. I bet it is due to the flooding.

03-17-2004, 06:06 PM
Thanks for all responses. I am almost certain it is poor drainage in the past. I will suggest to customer wait till May to see if there is a turn-around (which I doubt). Then suggest a tear out(about60 4 ft uprights)and replacement with somthing that will do better if flooding occurs again. Thanks again-Harry

03-19-2004, 10:06 AM
I'm glad this is yew problem and not mine.

David Shaw
03-19-2004, 10:20 AM
If you do tear out I believe Thuja like wet feet.?

03-19-2004, 07:53 PM
Good suggestion but the location is very windy and I dont think Arbs will be happy there. It is real close to the bay and the NE winds will tear them up. Any other suggestions are welcomed-Harry