Some of the leaves on the very old yew tree in our churchyard are turning brown. Is this likely to be as a result of disease or frost or any other factor and is there anything we should be doing about it?


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Take a branch very end twig part, and break a piece off to see if it bends of or snaps in dryness. If it bends is dorment and at the state of winter rest. Do nothing. If it snaps off, it is dying. Wait until spring and trim off the dead parts. Fertilize the tree come spring around it's drip edge. (Drip edge=Outer most part of tree that if it rains, and the tree is viewed like an umbrella, the edge of the tree umbrella part)

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