4) New growth
New growth might not always be a healthy green due to some of the reasons set out in this article. Generally, you should be patient and allow the plant to acclimatise to its surroundings. Again, the magic “three years” can help. Often by the fourth year, the ground’s natural Mycorrhizal (good fungus) will help to better feed the whole plant.
5) Hot/dry weather
Moisture, rather than dry conditions, is better for many plants, but as global change continues, spring is starting to become drier and hotter. Add to that a dry summer (as was the case this year) and you will begin to understand that the young sappy roots can dry out too. The addition of a mulch to the ground around the base of plants can help prevent moisture loss after rain or hand watering. Read our blog on making your own homemade mulch by clicking here.
A soil that is too dry will not allow nutrients in the ground to be synthesized by a plants feeder roots as moisture is the key to the good uptake of food.
6) Severe wet
Probably the most common problem for Yew bronzing. If you have heavy clay soil, rainfall may not drain through the soil and pass by its roots. If this occurs, it can lead to standing water around a Yew root, which is a dreadful combination. Proper preparation of the soil is key here and that means taking steps to ensure that water does not accumulate around the fine fibrous roots of the plant.
Dig a much wider area than that of the root ball from the pot and improve the ground with compost. Add sharp sand and grit if needed to aid drainage too. It is essential that the soil you plant into is loose when lifting a fork through it – you should see it fall easily through its tines.