[NAFEX] Off-topic - Yew pruning

William C. Garthright billg at inebraska.com
Fri Sep 14 10:30:14 EDT 2007

This is off-topic (hmm,... unless yew berries are edible?), but I 
figured this group would know the answer.

I've been cutting back some old, tall yew bushes the last couple of 
years. Since I was cutting down to bare stems, I cut 1/3 of them in the 
spring of 2006 and another 1/3 (or a bit more) this spring. I was going 
to cut off the remainder next spring, but I wonder if I could do it this 
fall, instead?

Any problems with that? The bare stems have sprouted out pretty well, 
especially those that I cut a year and a half ago. But they don't sprout 
out very quickly - these are very old, very thick trunks - so I don't 
think I'd have to worry about new growth before winter. Any other 
problems with doing it now?

And if I can cut them off this fall, should I do it now, or wait a 
month, or what? Any recommendations? I really don't think I can kill 
these things if I tried, but I'd just as soon do it right.

Thanks much,

Lincoln, NE (zone 5)

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for enough good men to 
do nothing. - Edmund Burke

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