How far back can I trim Yew

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mlc4163, Jun 13, 2002.

  1. mlc4163

    mlc4163 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    I've been ask to cut back a wildly overgrown Yew (taxus)

    What are my guide lines and how far back is to far?
  2. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Im not sure if there is a guideline. Ive cut yews all the way to the ground, and they sprouted new growth. I would say 1/2 the shrub to be safe.
  3. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    Just do it before the beginning of July to allow the new growth to harden off before freezing weather arrives.
  4. robert payer

    robert payer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Here's a question? Lanelle are you still with us here?

    What plants should never be sheered very heavy for size reduction reasons?

    Plants that I have found tempermental:
    1)Alberta Spruces- Never prune before summer
    2) Gold Mops- Never prune overly tight
    I have never seen 1 & 2 die from pruning.

    Somewhat new lesson, Spirea is a plant and not a shrub. Cut it down to almost 1 foot every couple of years. Looks much better during the bare winter season with out being so thick and knotted looking.
  5. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    Things that look lousy if they are sheared: Nandinas, forsythia, Buddlea, Junipers. Those are the ones that quickly come to mind. Just as Spirea should be heavily pruned to renovate--same goes for Forsythia and Buddlea. English Boxwood should be plucked and not sheared. I'm sure there are lots more.
  6. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    Lanelle, I agree with all of the above exept the Juniper. I think most Juniper varieties get trashy very quick if not sheared. Juniper makes for a very nice topiary (poodle, pom pom etc) or just rounded out because of the dense needles.
  7. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    I think Lanelle is saying you cant HEAVILY prune junipers because they look like garbage afterwards, because the needles are so dense.

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