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Old 08-28-2010, 01:09 PM   #1
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Hard pruning yews

Can this be done effectively or do I need to takethem out and start over?
If it can be done, when is the best time of year to prune them?

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Old 08-29-2010, 01:16 PM   #2
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Hard pruning yews

It can't hurt to try if you are also willing to rip them out. I've done this successfully in late March/early April just before new growth is about to flush. It takes 2-3 years before they look good again.

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Old 09-01-2010, 06:27 PM   #3
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Hard pruning yews

Here is some information I found useful when deciding how to prune my overgrown yews...


At the bottom of the page it talks about how far yews can be cut back.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:15 PM   #4
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Hard pruning yews

Thanks for the link. I guess I'll cut them back this winter and see how they progress.
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