First large yew project

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It looks like a good piece of material - good score. Rather than just leave it alone a year I'd humbly suggest you use extension growth as your guide. When it's throwing 6 inch extensions you know it's recovered and is ready for the next step. Yew tend to need a few seasons to kick back into high gear so patience is needed. Good luck.
 
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I'd leave it alone for more like 3 years. My sense is that these trees will push growth and look like they have recovered, but what they have done is deplete all their stored energy and will weaken and slowly die thereafter.
 
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I have found that you can cut them to no foliage the spring BEFORE digging and sometimes they will bud all over. The sometimes seems to be dependent on the age of the yew or possibly the cultivar, around here the oldest ones are a different cultivar and more recently they are mostly hybrids with Japanese yew... Im not sure what the X factor is. if you cut it back after collection I think you will just set it back or kill it.

The job of digging is much easier with a spade, that flat shovel is the wrong tool. Also an old pair of loppers for cutting roots and a branch saw for cutting bigger roots. Then I like to use a 69 inch digging bar to pry it up as I cut. Anyway, something to think about for next time! Makes the job no prob.!

the yews that have recovered quickest in my care were those that I washed all the field soil off of with the hose imediatly after collection. Keep only that upper fibrous roots and saw off the bottom chunk on next repot. (next time when collecting). And potted in a mix that was about 50% perlite (thats whats cheap around here and they seem to love it)

I agree that six inch extensions are a sign of a very happy yew. Feel free to work hard at this point.

Tony tickle has great youtube vids on handling foliage and yews in general

great dig! good luck!
 

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