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Looking for some advice on this yew.

According to the owners it has been getting progressively worse for at least 8 years and has now got to the stage where they want it out. It looks to me as if it is recovering a little at the base but I have been informed that it has always been this way.

The owners would like to replace this with an Irish yew to match 2 on the other side of the property but are concerned the new tree may suffer in the same way.

Anyone got any ideas what's up? And would you recommend replanting?





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Possibly just lack of water.


Yews don't particularly like it dry, as this year has been.

Although if this is on Mull I suspect you get it wet a lot of the time?


I've come across young and very old yews that have looked similar for a number of years and then recovered with hydration and nutrients.


A mulch bed can often help the situation.



Have a look at this older thread






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my old yews do this start to turn brown when it gets a bit dry then seem to pirk up. and its on the edges it happens. as other post give it some mulch and fertiliser to help it out

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