How to Plant Hicks Yew

Save

The Hicks yew thrives in full to partial sun, within planting zones 4 through 7. If you live within one of these zones, and need a large hedge to fill an empty spot in your yard, the Hicks yew may be the plant for you. This evergreen conifer grows to heights of 20 feet with a spread that can equal 12 feet or more. The Hicks yew develops small red fruits and the foliage is an eye-catching dark, glossy green that shimmers in the sunlight.

Things You'll Need

  • Pitchfork
  • Soil testing kit
  • Agricultural lime or peat moss
  • Garden hose
  • Soaker hose
  • Turn over the soil in the planting location with a pitchfork, which will soften the earth and give the roots of the yew the ability to spread. Test the soil pH afterward using a soil test kit. Yews favor soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. If your soil is out of this range, it needs amendments.

  • Amend the soil according to the pH test reading. If the pH of your soil is lower than the necessary 6.0, add agricultural lime. Lower a pH above 7.0 with peat moss. Add the amendment by following the manufacturers label instructions.

  • Dig the hole for the Hicks yew at least twice the width of the root-ball. The depth of the hole should match that of the root-ball -- no deeper. Yews grown in nursery pots are okay to plant any time during the year, as long as the ground is not frozen.

  • Turn the Hicks yew on its side and slide it out of its nursery container. Stand the yew upright in the center of the planting hole. Backfill the hole to the halfway point and then fill the hole with water from a garden hose. Continue backfilling when the water recedes. Tamp down the soil around the main stem of the Hicks yew using your foot. This will remove trapped air.

  • Supply the Hicks yew with a deep watering immediately after planting. Use a soaker hose, which will force the water down to the roots of the yew. Keep the soil soaked to a 1-inch depth at all times during the first year of growth with weekly waterings. Once the Hicks yew establishes its roots in the soil, supplemental watering is only necessary when the weather is unseasonably dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are planting more than one Hicks yew, space the holes at least 3 to 4 feet apart, giving the roots of each plant room for expansion.
  • After the first year of growth, the Hicks yew benefits from a dose of all-purpose fertilizer in the spring.
  • A yearly pruning during the summer will encourage new growth.
  • Do not over-soak the soil around the yew. If you push one of your fingers down into the soil and it feels wet at a depth of 1 inch, there is no need to provide more water. Too much water will rot the roots and kill the yew.

Related Searches

References

  • Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Resources

You May Also Like

  • How to Identify Yew

    The yew is a plant of legend. Besides figuring prominently in myth as a magical wood and source of fine bows, it...

  • How to Prune Yew Shrubs

    Yews have needles that are dark green, short and flat. They grow relatively slowly; however, they do have a big growth spurt...

  • How to Care for a Yew Shrub

    Wild yews (Taxus spp.) sail through tough conditions, such as the scorching heat of northwestern Florida summers or the numbing cold of...

  • How to Plant Yew Hedges

    The yew (Taxus baccata) forms a dense evergreen hedge that commonly attains a height of approximately 25 feet, but that can grow...

  • How to Grow a Yew From Seed

    Yew, or Taxus baccata, occurs naturally across much of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Growing to 60 feet in height, it...

  • Types of Yew Shrubs

    Yew shrubs, with their flat dark green needles and red berries grace landscapes from Alaska to Virginia Their varying shapes make them...

  • Evergreens Suitable for Containers

    Growing evergreens in containers is one of the best ways to expand the size of small gardens and provide color throughout the...

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Make a Vertical Clay Pot Garden

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!