> We need to replace a yew hedge which died -- part of a row of rather old
> large yews.
> I understand that these hedges can be pretty expensive, especially fairly
> large ones. And they grow very slowly.
> Can anyone give me an idea (1) about cost and (2) how long it will take a
> new hedge to catch up with the others?
First, your terminology is a bit confusing - the hedge is the ROW of yews,
comprised of individual plants. I assume you mean one or more of them has
died. The growth rate on these shrubs is pretty slow - while they can get
to be quite large in size, it will take a good many years to achieve that.
Depending on the height of your hedge now and what type of yew it is
comprised of, your new plant may never catch up without substantial pruning
of the current hedge. That is the good news - yews take pruning, even severe
pruning, beautifully so you can trim back the hedge to match the size of the
replacement shrub you can find and afford.
Can't tell you much about cost - that tends to be rather regional in nature
and will depend heavily on the type and size yew you find as a replacement.
The bigger you get, the more expensive it will be.
pam - gardengal