Pruning A Yew Shrub: How To Prune An Overgrown Yew Plant

by johnah on November 4, 2020

The following information was gathered from various sources, including books, websites and other blogs. All opinions are my own. I have tried to provide accurate information and not just generalities or what others think is good advice. If you feel something needs to be added or changed then please let me know!

How To Prune A Yew Tree?

1) First thing you need to do is determine if your yew tree is healthy enough for pruning.

You will want to check the trunk first. If it is broken off at the base then you may need to remove some branches. If the branch is dead, then you don’t need to worry about removing any branches because there isn’t much left of it anyway.

2) Next, look around for roots that could potentially damage your work area.

These could include roots that run through the soil or even underground roots.

3) Once you’ve found any potential problems, make sure you take care of them before attempting to prune.

For example, if you see a root growing into your hand, then it’s probably best to cut it out completely.

4) Now that you have determined where the problem areas are located, it’s time to start cutting down those trees!

The best time to prune a yew tree is during the winter. This is because they are evergreen trees and will not immediately show signs of growth.

5) When cutting back a branch that is large, make sure you cut it so it’s at least horizontal with the soil.

If you don’t, then it might eventually grow back and damage your work area or even worse, someone could get hurt.

6) When cutting back the main trunk, you’re going to want to cut it at a forty five degree angle.

If you don’t do this, then the tree will not be able to absorb water properly and it could eventually lead to its death.

7) Now that you have completed your pruning, it’s best to water the tree immediately.

Continue doing this for a week or so, just to make sure that it’s fully hydrated again.

A good resource when it comes to pruning a yew tree. It covers everything from tools you should have, how to prune the roots and branches, through to aftercare and maintenance. If you’re looking for something a bit more in-depth then you should definitely have a look at this!

I think that this book is an absolute must for any bonsai beginner. It’s fairly short at around one hundred pages, but it covers everything you need to know about succulents from their origins, necessary tools, where to purchase them and the basic care instructions you’ll need to look after them. If you’re looking for somewhere to start with your own succulent garden then this would be a great choice.

Some people believe that this book is a must for all bonsai owners. It certainly looks like it covers everything you might need to know about your tree. It goes through the basics such as different styles, equipment and tools, before moving on to the finer points of styling. It then finishes with more advanced subjects such as wiring techniques and advanced tree biology. No matter what level you’re at or want to get to, there’s something here for everyone!

It goes without saying that you’re going to need tools and equipment to take care of your bonsai. Most of this stuff you can pick up at your local home and garden center. Basically, you’re going to need everything you need for any other plant in your house! Fertilizer, watering can, gloves and so on. There are, however, some things that are essential for the care and maintenance of a bonsai tree.

We’ll look at those now…

You’re going to need a pair of good, sturdy gardening shears. These are essential for pruning your trees and will see you through years of bonsai ownership. There are several styles to choose from, but the anvil and bypass are the two most common. The anvil will crush the branches, meaning it can be used for pruning dead wood from live wood. The bypass is a cleaner cut and is for pruning live wood.

It’s up to you which to choose, but most people prefer the anvil style as it can be used for everything.

The difference between the two is shown below…

You’re also going to need a rake and broom. You’ll use these for clearing away leaves, twigs and other debris from your bonsai tree.

Finally, you’re going to need some wire, mesh and chopsticks.

Sources & references used in this article:

Best Management Practices for Pruning Landscape Trees, Shrubs and Ground Covers by B Klingeman, A Campbell, R Maxey – 2008 –

Pruning evergreens and deciduous trees and shrubs/1033 (rev. Dec. 1971) by FA Giles, WB Siefert – Circular/University of Illinois at Urbana …, 1971 –

Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs by MN Dana, P Carpenter – 2001 –

Pruning ornamental shrubs (2007) by CJ Starbuck – 2007 –



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