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Let’s Make A Splash! 60 Backyard Pond Ideas For Any Budget You Can Start This Weekend!

Have you ever looked at your backyard and thought to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be nice to add a pond? I wish I had the time”. Well, look no further than these ideas right here! In this article, I’ll show you 60 easy pond ideas that you can get started on this weekend, regardless of your budget! Are you ready? Let’s dive right in!

Ponds For A Small Budget

Who says you can’t have nice things on a tight budget? As you can see below, there are plenty of pond options for you even if you don’t want to break the bank.

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Source : http://homesthetics.net/create-extraordinary-diy-pond-upcycled-old-tire/

A great way to recycle an old tire, this pond makes good use of cheap materials. Simply dig a hole for the tire, line it, fill it, and decorate and you are set!

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Source : http://yourhouseandgarden.com/15-stunning-diy-water-features-to-adorn-your-garden/

Waterfalls are one of the best features any pond can have. With a bit of planning and some old watering cans, you can create a simple, yet eye-catching display for your pond.

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Source : http://homestead-and-survival.com/how-to-build-a-duck-pond/

All you need for this idea is a simple kiddy pool which you can purchase at any number of stores. Once you have it installed, line the outside with wood or rocks to create a simple backyard pond.

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Source : http://www.thegardenglove.com/how-to-build-a-pond-easily-cheaply-and-beautifully/

If you have a lot of extra rocks laying around, you can make this beautiful backyard pond. Take the time to carefully lay the rocks on the pond border to create a symmetric backyard paradise.

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Source : http://decorating-hq.com/diy-backyard-pond-ideas/

It doesn’t get much simpler than this pond idea! With the cheap plastic liner, all you need to do is dig a hole to fit the liner and then decorate to fit your style.

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Source : http://decorating-hq.com/diy-backyard-pond-ideas/

Small, symmetrical, simple, and serene, this backyard pond is too cute! The rectangular design will give your yard a fresh and modern vibe that your guests will be sure to be talking about.

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Source : http://decorating-hq.com/diy-backyard-pond-ideas/

Three ponds for the price of one! Each is simple and small, but when you put them all together, you get a simply divine display for your back yard. You could easily customize the layout to suit your needs better.

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Source : http://decorating-hq.com/diy-backyard-pond-ideas/

Another tractor tire idea. However, for this one, you won’t need to do any digging! Instead, simply wrap the tire in plastic and build up stones around it for a unique pond.

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Source : http://www.woohome.com/outdoor/35-impressive-backyard-ponds-and-water-gardens

Who doesn’t have a few extra bottles lying around? Don’t throw them out, upcycle them to create a unique and beautiful waterfall for your DIY pond.

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Source :http://decorating-hq.com/diy-backyard-pond-ideas/

Oh, would you just look at those wonderfully lovely waterfalls! Not only would this be nice to look at, but the bubbling noise would be so peaceful too!

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Source : http://decorating-hq.com/diy-backyard-pond-ideas/

Small? Check. Waterfall? Check. Simple? Check. Absolutely peaceful and gorgeous? That is a huge check! The large rocks make the pond look a bit small, but it certainly is big enough to attract some interesting wildlife.

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Source : http://decorating-hq.com/diy-backyard-pond-ideas/

This pond is a great idea if you live in an area that gets lots of rain. The tunnels leading to the pond can collect rainwater and turn your backyard into a burbling brook. This would also be great for boat races with the kids, too.

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Source : http://decorating-hq.com/diy-backyard-pond-ideas/

Even though this pond is on the smaller side, the perfectly placed patio pavers, as well as the statue, would make it a great addition to your yard.

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Source : http://decorating-hq.com/diy-backyard-pond-ideas/

There is a lot to love about a natural looking pond. First off, once it is installed, you don’t need any fancy filters, which will save you money. You can just let nature and your aquatic plants take over, which will, in turn, create a safe haven for lots of animal life.

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If you don’t like to dig, look for an item that can hold water and turn it into a pond! These oversized tubs make for a great backyard display, and won’t make you break your back get it either.

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Source : http://decorating-hq.com/diy-backyard-pond-ideas/

If you’ve got an old boat lying around, then you have a perfect pond idea just waiting to be built. Since the boat is made to be water tight, you don’t need to do anything special to it. Just simply fill it up, decorate, and enjoy!

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Source http://www.laspilitas.com/garden/howto/Garden_fish_pond.htmlhttp://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/diy/how-to-make-a-mini-pond/

Simple, small, and carefree, a backyard pond for fish will keep your kids entertained for hours as they watch the little fishies swim all about!

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Source :http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/diy/how-to-make-a-mini-pond/

Even though this pond is on the small side, this water can support plenty of aquatic plants! This would be great for a back patio, especially if you can fit more than one. That way, you’d be able to create a lush, green landscape without using up your yard space!

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If you ever have a neighbor or a friend who is remodeling and throwing out their old tub, take advantage of it and use it to create a cheap DIY backyard pond.

Ponds For a Medium Budget

If you’re able to spend a little bit more money, you can start to make your backyard pond a bit bigger and a bit fancier.

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Souce : http://www.fantasticviewpoint.com/18-lovely-ponds-water-gardens-backyard/

This beautiful setup would be easy to do yourself. All you need is the time and the energy to dig it out and fill it in. The waterfall makes for a relaxing touch.

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Source : http://www.fantasticviewpoint.com/18-lovely-ponds-water-gardens-backyard/

If you are looking for a modern solution to your backyard pond, this might just fit the bill! The clean cut corners and symmetrical design would make this a beautiful addition to anyone’s sitting area.

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Source : http://www.fantasticviewpoint.com/18-lovely-ponds-water-gardens-backyard/

Holy big waterfall! This pond would be a great addition to anyone’s backyard but would be especially great for someone with children. They wouldn’t be able to look away from that mesmerizingly large waterfall.

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Source : http://www.fantasticviewpoint.com/18-lovely-ponds-water-gardens-backyard/

Another wonderful natural display. If you are a nature lover, then this is the pond for you. You could spend each evening listening to your very own frogs.

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Source : http://www.fantasticviewpoint.com/18-lovely-ponds-water-gardens-backyard/

Not only is this pond beautiful, but take a look at all those flowers too. What an absolutely peaceful little slice of nature to sit by.

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Source : http://www.fantasticviewpoint.com/18-lovely-ponds-water-gardens-backyard

The best way to make an outfit pop is to accessorize. This is also true for your backyard pond. All of those plants and landscaping is sure to take any guests breath away.

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Source : http://www.fantasticviewpoint.com/18-lovely-ponds-water-gardens-backyard/

Simple, elegant, and tasteful, this large pond has just the right amount of landscaping. It adds to the beauty of the pond without distracting from it.

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Source : http://gardenthymewiththecreativegardener.blogspot.com/2013/03/more-great-water-features-for-garden_22.html

This is such a cool idea! The oversized waterfall and smaller pond would be a great place to relax. The large drop of the waterfall would easily help you to drown out any unwanted sounds, leaving you with peaceful white noise.

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Source : http://gardenthymewiththecreativegardener.blogspot.com/2013/03/more-great-water-features-for-garden_22.html

A simple small pond with a cool focus point, this copper leafed tree is sure to make your backyard pond the talk of the neighborhood, as well as provide some awesome curb appeal should you decide to move.

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Source : http://gardenthymewiththecreativegardener.blogspot.com/2013/03/more-great-water-features-for-garden_22.html

While a bit on the larger side, this pond, and its accompanying waterfalls make for an attractive and peaceful retreat for your backyard. You could easily make the pond a bit deeper and add some fish to make it even more appealing to the eye.

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Source : http://www.architecturendesign.net/35-impressive-backyard-ponds-and-water-gardens/

Who doesn’t love a private oasis? Nothing can provide you with that sense of isolation like your very own island! With bridges over the pond being the only access point, you will feel like you went on a vacation each time you go into your yard.

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Source : http://www.architecturendesign.net/35-impressive-backyard-ponds-and-water-gardens/

If you are looking for a quiet place to take some time for self-reflection, this is the pond for you. The glorious foliage and the gentle waterfalls all combine to make this perfect for those times where you just need to think.

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Source : http://www.architecturendesign.net/35-impressive-backyard-ponds-and-water-gardens/

A relatively simple pond that you could do yourself in a weekend, it would be great for a house with children. Not only is it nice to look at, but the jetting water would be a great place to wash their hands and feet after playing in the yard.

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Source : http://www.architecturendesign.net/35-impressive-backyard-ponds-and-water-gardens/

The depth, the beautiful river stone, and cascading waterfalls make this another great idea for your own private, quiet place. Imagine sitting and watching the fish swim peacefully along as you let your cares wash away.

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Source : http://www.architecturendesign.net/35-impressive-backyard-ponds-and-water-gardens/

I just love the way that these waterfalls are formed! If you are looking for a more modern take on the waterfall, then this just might be the perfect backyard pond idea for you.

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Source : http://www.architecturendesign.net/35-impressive-backyard-ponds-and-water-gardens/

There are literally hundreds of free pianos out there, just waiting to be snatched up and turned into this breathtakingly beautiful display.

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Source : https://learningasigotips.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/diy-water-garden-and-koi-pond/

This simple to make pond is extremely versatile in where you can place it. It can be put right next to your house or in the middle of your yard, making it a great choice for anyone looking to add a backyard pond to their landscaping.

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Source : http://www.digsdigs.com/53-cool-backyard-pond-design-ideas

Why stop with one waterfall when you can have a whole cascading hill of them. Your kids will love to watch the water flow down to the bottom, and the water’s noise will be music to your ears.

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Source : http://www.digsdigs.com/53-cool-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

If you already have a garden sitting area setup and just want to add a pond, just take a look at this idea here! It easily fits in with, and accentuates the other garden ornaments, making it the perfect backyard addition.

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Source : http://www.digsdigs.com/53-cool-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

If you want your pond to look as natural as possible, then you don’t have to look any further than this idea right here. The lush vegetation and sitting area under a pergola make this pond look like it is in the middle of the woods instead of in someone’s backyard.

Ponds For a Large Budget

If money is not a problem, there are no limits to what you can do to your backyard pond to turn your yard into your own personal oasis.

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Source : http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

There is so much to love in this setup! From the pergola for shade to the beautiful stone in the pond, this just screams peace and tranquility. The coolest feature, however, is definitely those stepping stones. They just tie the whole thing together so well.

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Source : http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

If you are trying to decide between a pool and a pond, whey not choose both! Natural swimming pools are all the rage right now, and this setup, with a large swimming area and smaller sitting area, complete with a waterfall, would certainly make your backyard the place to be.

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Source : http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

If you are willing to break the bank, take the time and get a deck built on your pond! You won’t be disappointed since it will give you a quiet place to relax.

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Source : http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

Not only is this waterfall simply gorgeous, but it would be a great way to cool off if you got too hot as well. The only problem with this idea is you might not be able to get your kids to stop playing in it on those long, hot summer days.

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Source : http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

What an absolutely breathtaking setup! It has everything that you could ever hope for in a pond/natural pool. Waterfalls, a bridge to a private island, and great landscaping, this is truly a work of backyard pond art!

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Source : http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

Imagine being able to sit next to your backyard pond in the rain, entertaining your guests during lunch without getting soaked. Why just imagine it? Build a gazebo and start living it.

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Source :http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

If you have a large property, this pond might be the right choice for you. While the waterway and waterfall are beautiful to look at, they could also serve multiple functions, too. You could collect the water to water your plants or let your kids have boat races. The possibilities are truly endless.

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Source : http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

Would you just look at this idea! It’s almost like the backyard has been transported to a pond. You could build bridges between all of those islands or simply go out in a little boat, making for hours of peaceful relaxation.

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Source : http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

As natural a pond idea as they come, this takes some of the ideas in the budget sections and grows it exponentially! Depending on how big and deep you are able to make this pond, you could put some sportfish in and go fishing at your leisure.

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Source : http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

If you don’t want to have your pond go too deep, but want it to be expansive, then something like this might be right up your alley. The lovely stone makes it a showpiece, and the depth makes it easier to install!

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Source : http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

If you have the room, why settle for a simple waterfall? Why not make your backyard into a bubbling brook, complete with river rocks for crossing, making it seem like you’re on a hike in the mountains instead of your yard.

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Source : http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

The best part of this backyard pond isn’t actually the pond itself. While the fish, depth, and landscaping are nice touches, what really makes this a peaceful retreat is the deck. Imagine being able to sit, entertain, and grill right on the water. Paradise!

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Source : http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

Another great natural setup, this pond has a little bit of everything for everyone. With bridges to cross, rocks to climb, fish to watch, and plenty of beautiful scenery, this is a wonderful idea for a backyard pond.

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Source : http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

There is nothing quite as magical as being able to walk over your very own bridge, over your very own pond. It will make your backyard idyllic and perfect for prom, wedding, or family pictures.

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Source : http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

Oh, those lights! They add another great element to this backyard pond, making it an awesome place to entertain both day and night. The outdoor barbecue and patio furniture make this the perfect setup for outdoor parties.

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Source : http://www.availableideas.com/40-amazing-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

Peace, tranquility, and plenty of water make this a great setup for someone seeking a quiet backyard pond. It doesn’t have any loud streams or waterfalls. Just perfectly still and perfectly clear water, perfect for helping you to clear your mind.

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Source : http://www.digsdigs.com/53-cool-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

What makes this particular backyard pond such a beauty is the landscaping that has been built up around it. The deck and flower garden all make this a wonderful backyard concept.

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Source : http://www.digsdigs.com/53-cool-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

The oversized and natural looking waterfall make help this pond’s islands to stay moist, increasing the likelihood of moss growth. This moss makes the entire pond seem to glow with green, making it a great piece of backyard décor.

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Source : http://www.digsdigs.com/53-cool-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

While the pond itself is pretty straightforward, that dock is anything but standard! Just imagine yourself in that chair, jutting out over the water as you let the sounds of nature wash away all your cares and worries, all while remaining in the comfort of your very own backyard.

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Source : http://www.digsdigs.com/53-cool-backyard-pond-design-ideas/

Ponds aren’t only meant to be enjoyed during the day! Talk to your installer about adding some light fixtures. If you want to get especially fancy, you can even get different colored lights that run on a timer, creating a one-in-a-million display.

Backyard Ponds: A Fine Concept

Hopefully, you will be able to draw some inspiration from all of the different pond ideas that this article presented you with. Regardless whether you are on a tight budget or don’t have to worry about a budget at all, there is no better time to start planning and installing your very own backyard pond then right now! So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get started!

The Mighty Yew Tree and the Hick’s Yew

The yew treeTaxus baccata, resonates with myths.

We will first look take a glance at the yew in general.

After, we will move on to explore the Hick’s Yew (Taxus x media “Hicksii”). This evergreen shrub is perfect for tall hedges. It’s a first-rate landscape shrub ideal for shielding your property from prying eyes.

Background On The Yew

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This evergreen conifer grows natively in Europe and North Africa.

From the family Taxaceae, the yew is known scientifically as Taxus baccata.

What Does The Yew Look Like?

  • General Overview: These staggering trees can grow up to 20m high when mature. They can endure for 400-600 years. There are some specimens in the UK believed to date back to the 10th century. Bark is a deep browny red color undercut with peeling and tones of purple
  • Flowers: Dioecious, male and female yew flowers grow on separate trees. You will spot them in March or April. The male flowers are whitish and shaped like a globe. Female flowers resemble scaly buds.  They are green but turn brown with age
  • Leaves: The small straight needles have pointed tips. They are dark green above and lighter underneath. Two rows of them grow on each side of the twig
  • Fruits: Most conifers bear their seeds in a cone. The yew is different. Seeds are instead enclosed in an aril. This is a fleshy, red appendage like a berry. There are highly toxic alkaloids in the seeds. The aril itself is not poisonous. Some enterprising birds have learned how to navigate the toxins and access the nutritious embryo inside

Where To Find Yew

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Yew is extremely common in southern England and throughout continental Europe. It is also native to parts of North Africa.

Yew regularly forms part of the understory of beech woodland.

It’s prized as a hedging plant and is routinely to be seen in the grounds of churches.

Is The Yew Useful For Wildlife?

In a word, yes.

Dense yew hedges offer birds shelter and protection. It’s also a great place for them to nest.

The firecrest and the goldcrest are the smallest birds in the UK. They make their nests in the yew understorey of woodland.

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Birds and other small mammals like dormice and squirrels feast on the fruit of the yew tree.

Caterpillars munch on the leaves.

All round, the yew is prized for many reasons including the bounty it provides for other creatures.

Symbolism and Myths

There is a lengthy history of yew trees being planted in churchyards. No less than 500 churches in England have yews that are older than the building itself. The reasons for this are uncertain. One theory suggests that they were planted by the graves of plague victims to purify the corpses. Another idea is that the toxic leaves would prevent cows from menacing the graveyard.

Historically, yews have been considered as both omens of doom and symbols of being immortal.

The branches of the tree have been carried for centuries at weddings and on certain religious occasions.

How Is The Yew Used?

The close grain of the rich yew timber is incredibly strong and very durable. This strength means that even trees with hollowed out trunks can still remain standing.

Yew has traditionally been used to make bows and arrows as well as the handles for tools.

One of the most popular contemporary uses for yew is for hedging and topiary.

Certain anti-cancer compounds are extracted from the foliage and used in modern medicine. These are the toxic taxane alkaloids

The yew is a highly versatile tree.

Toxicity

hick's yew is poisonous

The alkaloids harnessed to fight cancer are actually incredible dangerous in their untouched state.

In fact, all parts of the yew except for the aril are dangerous. If a child eats just a few leaves it can have serious repercussions. It could even kill them.

So…

The yew is a mighty tree so how about the Hick’s yew in particular?

A Brief Look At The Hick’s Yew

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Source: Okanagan Xeriscape

The Hick’s yew is known as Taxus x media “Hicksii”. This means that it is a hybrid of English and Japanese yews.

It flourishes in colder climates and its popularity is such that it can be often overused in landscaping.

It adapts well to pruning and grows slowly. This makes it an ideal choice if you have a small garden or live in an urban environment.

Hick’s yew will grow up to 12 feet tall and anywhere from 3 to 4 feet wide. It has a low canopy and clears the floor by 1 foot.

The branches grow long and upright making spectacular and effective hedges.

Leaves are dark green. They turn lighter in the spring. Flowers are not especially striking. In terms of fruits, you will witness red drupes throughout the fall.

The yew is one of the very few evergreens that thrive in the shade. It has a much more delicate texture than other less refined foliage.

Hick’s yew is low maintenance with no real downside to it.

It comes highly recommended in several areas of landacaping:

  • General gardening
  • Screening and hedges
  • Topiary
  • Mass planting
  • Vertical accent

How To Plant Hick’s Yew

  1. Look for somewhere with good drainage and partial sun. Although Hick’s yew copes well with the shade, it will flourish with at least a little sunlight. More important is to ensure that the soil drains freely and fully. Steer clear of anywhere that water collects
  2. Measure up the root ball
  3. Dig out a hole that’s 1 foot wider and a few inches deeper than the roots. Set the removed soil aside
  4. Get yourself some organic matter and work it in where the soil has been removed. Chuck in some coarse sand. Make sure you take out any rocks or large sticks you come across
  5. Fill up the hole with the soil you took out. Do this until the yew can sit flush with or even slightly above the surface. This allows plenty of air to reach the roots and stops any chance of the plant suffocating
  6. Fill up the hole with water from a hose. When the soil has settled, add some more. Repeat this procedure until the hole is completely filled

Handy Hint: If you plant your Hick’s yew in the early part of fall, you’ll avoid the first freeze. Water your newly planted shrubbery on a weekly basis. Once fully established, watering can be reduced.

Wrap-Up

Rich in mythology and well-documented for its toxicity, the yew is a formidable part of our landscape.

If you are looking for a no-nonsense hedge to keep out prying eyes while still looking attractive, the Hick’s yew is well worth looking into.

We always like to hear any feedback so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any comments or questions.

Happy gardening!