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by Harrys Dad on August 14, 2004 11:56 AM
I have an established yew hedge which has been trimmed regularly but which has steadily grown too large. I need to reduce its size.

Can I cut it back into old wood? If so when?

Thanks for any expert advice.
by The Plant Doc on August 14, 2004 04:14 PM
Taxus will take a long time if it will ever recover from pruning back to dead wood. The most I would prune back is to last years growth. If pruned back to a stump it could push up new growth but that is kind of gamble as to if it will be good quality or not. The best thing to do if the bush has gotten out of hand would be to replace with smaller ones and keep them trimmed.

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