LifestyleOut with the old, in with the yew: Why this evergreen is the trendy choice for garden privacy

Out with the old, in with the yew: Why this evergreen is the trendy choice for garden privacy

Why are yews better than thuja? We explain and encourage.
Why are yews better than thuja? We explain and encourage.
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11:33 PM EST, February 11, 2024

Experts argue that thujas are now outdated. If you're aiming to create a hedge around your property, consider the yew - an evergreen that is widely favored for its dense and attractive hedges. Covered in dark green needles, its branches form a substantial screen, providing ample wind protection and privacy from neighbors.

So, which species should you select? Choose those bearing berries – they fruit in September and retain their appeal until November. Yew berries are small, brilliant red (and poisonous!) spheres. Their deep color offers a stunning contrast to the dark green needles, adding a vibrant color accent to your garden during seasons when other plants may be fading.

Caring for Your Yew Hedge

One of the advantages of yew is its durability and weather resilience. It can thrive in various soil types and tolerates both sunny and shady conditions. In addition, it's highly resistant to diseases and pests.

Don't forget about regular pruning, which is crucial for the tree's upkeep. Correctly pruned yew will be dense and compact, enhancing its aesthetic appeal. It's best to carry out this procedure in both spring, just before the growing season starts, and in the autumn to maintain the desired shape.

Yews Grow Slowly, but Patience Pays Off

It's also essential to remove dead or diseased branches to inhibit disease spread. In periods of drought, don't forget to water your yew hedge regularly, especially when the trees are young and need water for proper growth. They may grow slowly, but it's worth the wait.

To obtain a height suitable for fencing, expect to wait at least six years.

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