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Old 02-13-2008, 01:56 PM
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Hmmm those are more like bushes I want hedges like Privet, but am not sure how well it would grow here.
If it's evergreen you want, I can tell you yews grow beautifully here. And like privet, they can be trimmed or not.
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Old 02-13-2008, 03:25 PM
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If it's evergreen you want, I can tell you yews grow beautifully here. And like privet, they can be trimmed or not.
Yews also don't attract bugs or really have any other bad habits, either. They seem to be almost impervious to disease, and are a really nice green color year-round.
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Yews also don't attract bugs or really have any other bad habits, either. They seem to be almost impervious to disease, and are a really nice green color year-round.
and to date , I, am the only one I know of who can kill them.
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and to date , I, am the only one I know of who can kill them.
I'm pretty sure I could kill one too if I didn't try
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:12 PM
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Our two huge yews nearly died this year, and we think it was from wet feet . . . so much rain for so long. We thought they were goners, but C. went out & pruned away all the dead branches anyhow, and voil?! They revived! Much smaller now, but I have no doubt they'll recover their former grandeur if Mother Nature is a little more judicious with the rain this year. (keeps fingers crossed)
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The only pictures I'm finding of yews are big trees. I guess I'm not looking in the right place.
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Is this a yew:

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/senio...e/yewshrub.jpg

That looks kinda like a boxwood. That would be perfect.
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Our two huge yews nearly died this year, and we think it was from wet feet . . . so much rain for so long. We thought they were goners, but C. went out & pruned away all the dead branches anyhow, and voil?! They revived! Much smaller now, but I have no doubt they'll recover their former grandeur if Mother Nature is a little more judicious with the rain this year. (keeps fingers crossed)
I think poor drainage is what took John's yews out.
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The only pictures I'm finding of yews are big trees. I guess I'm not looking in the right place.
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http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/senio...e/yewshrub.jpg

That looks kinda like a boxwood. That would be perfect.
Yews come in a lot of different varieties and sizes .... they're less finicky than boxwood, too.

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Old 02-13-2008, 08:43 PM
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Ours look like this and the biggest one was prob'ly six feet tall & eight feet wide before they started ailing. Otherwise we have never trimmed or shaped them in any way - this is their natural growth habit.
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Shanny, that is the kind we have.

A, Yews do grow pretty fast and if you need to keep them confined you have to stay after them or they will get gigantic. What I like about yews are their little branches/leaves are soft, so when triming they don't prick and make you itch like mad. Plus if one is prone to running around the yard barefoot, you won't get prickers in your foot. We had some in the front of our trailer hitch and we let them grown "free" with minor clip backs. The current ones we have I have a much more limited space and clip them back about twice a year. They look nice "free form" like Shanny's photo, or you can shape them.

If you want I can PM you with directions and you can come look at them. I have samples of spirera, yews and the dreaded "pricker" bushes what I call evergreens.
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Hmmm what I'm wanting is to plant a hedge to separate our property line from our neighbors. I'm sure it would cost less than the $6k the fence company quoted us.

When you say they grow fast. How fast is fast?
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