Good morning! We planted these yews in April. We bought them from a local grower. They were bare root. We planted them 2' apart. The yard is south facing, but gets some shade from a neighbour's massive tree. I added bonemeal to the soil and mulched them lightly--but kept the mulch away from the trunk. Over the 7 years living here, I had added topsoil and mulch to the area (I had changed my mind a few times and moved plants). We have some clay in the soil, although this part of the yard is not heavy clay. We rented a Honda rototiller and did the entire area before we planted. They were well watered upon planting and throughout the summer, but I was concerned about keeping letting the roots get soggy so I tried not to overwater. The best I can say about them now is that they're alive. However they are rather sickly looking. Can anyone offer any insight? We need the privacy and I was looking forward to a dense, green hedge. I'm by no means a highly experienced gardener, (obviously!) and grateful for any wisdom.