Thursday, June 8, 2017

Pruning Yews,

            The Yew could be a very low maintenance plant if people were to wait to prune it until after the 4th of July. But people see the new foliage sprouting out now and feel the need to trim it off now. Unfortunately this plant senses you’ve pruned it off, and is compelled to grow it right back again. It is only when the new growth is allowed to reach maturity (around the first of July) does it switch off its need to grow new stuff. By waiting until then you can prune it and it will not grow back until next spring. By waiting until after July 4 to go crazy with the hedge trimmers, you have a low maintenance bush again.

            One more thing about the yew, its pruning’s are deadly to horses. About every twenty years or so you hear of some poor well-meaning dad, or equine person themselves, losing their pride and joy to the hedge trimmer refuse. I don’t know what it is in the yews trimmings; maybe it’s the taxol, good as a cancer fight drug, but evidently deadly to animals. So please, don’t think you are supplementing your horse’s diet with any of your pruning delicacies, they could, and can, prove fatal. 

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