Fertilize yew - you should pay attention to this

Even if one would not suspect it at first glance, the yew (Taxus) is not a typical hedge plant, but rather a slow-growing and particularly deep-rooted tree. In most cases, however, yew trees are found in the garden in the form of impressive shrubs and hedges. Especially the slow growth of this plant and the fact that it grows and thrives well in almost every location makes it so extremely popular. In addition, they impress above all by their interesting growth and their evergreen and at times even golden needles. Regular slicing usually works well for yews.

As popular as the yew is for its beauty - never forget that the needles of this plant are poisonous, as well as the seeds and even the wood. During all work, whether planting or later care, you should always be aware of the high toxicity of the yew. It is therefore strongly recommended to take appropriate precautions, such as gloves, eye protection and long clothing.

The yew should not be planted in very humid or even swampy soil as it will not tolerate moisture well. Even with sealed surfaces, the taxus does not handle well, which is why the hedge plants should not stand directly on roadsides. In addition, the plant can be planted equally well in the sunny and in the shady garden.

The right care for a long life

So that you have something from your yews as long as possible, the right care must not be missing, too if the plants are generally relatively easy to care for. The right care begins already when putting the plants in the garden. The best time for this is the time from late summer to early autumn, since the soil is still warm at this time and therefore the roots can spread properly and anchor in the ground.

Before you put the yew in the ground, the soil should be properly prepared. While you dig a hole and the soil, should it be nutrient-wise quite lean, enrich with some mature compost and horn shavings, you can put the plant in water. As a result, the root ball can already sufficiently soak with water. Ideally, the planting hole has about twice the volume of the root ball. However, if the soil is quite compact overall, it is recommended to dig up the hole a bit larger and loosen up the soil with some sand, to make it more permeable to water and air.

Before using the plant, it is recommended In addition, to provide the sole with a drainage. Various materials are available for this purpose, such as

  • gravel
  • grit
  • potsherds
  • gravel

You can mix the raised soil with compost and, for example, add other fertilizers, such as horn chips or rock flour , This provides the yew with sufficient nutrients from the very beginning to gain enough strength to grow. After inserting the Taxus, gently press the soil around the plant, water the root area well, and ideally cover it with a layer of mulch.

Spreading some nettle leaves on the drain prior to inserting the yew into the planting hole promotes this in addition, the growth of the plant.

Although ordinary tap water can be used to water the yew. However, rainwater or even pond water are even more suitable, as it is usually much softer, ie less calcareous, and in addition often already some nutrients are dissolved in it, which can be very beneficial for the yew.

Fertilize the yew

Fertilization is basically something that does not really mean much to the yew. After all, taxus is a fairly easy-care plant. It usually suffices to apply a long-term fertilizer in the spring, just before the plant sprouts. Although you can certainly resort to one of the many special fertilizers for yew hedges. However, natural fertilizers such as mature compost, horn shavings or rock flour are best suited for this purpose. Even deposited horse manure is ideal for this, as well as chicken manure and even the excretions of, for example, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Especially in locations where the soil is generally quite barren, which is the case, for example, very sandy soil , your yews will look forward to a regular fertilization. A particularly natural variant of a long-term fertilizer is, among other things, fallen leaves or grass clippings, which decompose over time and thus gradually supply the soil with important nutrients. Simply spread as a mulch layer on the soil. This has even the nice side effect that the soil remains moist for much longer and in autumn and winter additionally insulating.


The yew is a very beautiful, but also very poisonous plant, which is generally very undemanding and easy to clean. Fertilization is usually required only slightly. Here, however, it depends primarily on the condition of the soil.

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