It's been v. interesting to see all the experience here about Leylandii hedges.
I'd be very thankful to hear anyone's experience with how to manage a single
Leyland tree. It is young and I want to know how to look after it. It is doing
a single screening job. It's not quite as tall yet as we'd like but will be
this year. Already the width is fine as it is. What would be the pruning
policy you can recommend? Also, I've looked for an image of what the roots of a
single tree do. Does anyone know of an drawing to look at onlline? Thank you.
On Monday, February 27, 2017 at 2:47:48 PM UTC, Mark Allread wrote:
It bloody well will grow back. We have a neighbours hedge consisting of 17
ft high leyleandii which we couldn't top as it was a march hedge. When he f
inally faced his side back to the trunk I took the opportunity to top it, T
hat was a good few years back and the tops all grew back.
Never heard of a march hedge. What is it?
Certainly, tops will grow; actually not the tops of the trunks as
such, but upper branches will turn up and start growing skywards at a
rate. The tops of the lengthy Leylandii hedge here when we bought the
place would grow at least 4ft every year, requiring a major operation
annually to cut it back. Yes, I should have cut it more frequently,
probably three times a year, but it was awkward to get at and took a
lot of time and effort. I eventually took it out.
But lower down, on the faces of the hedge, cutting the green outer
bits back into the brown dross behind is asking for permanent dead
If the OP is prepared to devote time and effort to trimming his tree
several times a year, doesn't mind a rather uninteresting specimen
tree, and isn't concerned as to what may happen in the future, that's
fine. Me, I'd plant something different.
The OP also asked about root-spread. This may be helpful
http://tinyurl.com/h2c5955 From the diagram about half way down, you
will see that pines and spruces can safely be planted between 5 and 10
metres from a building even if they're allowed to grow to full size. I
would think closer if kept short.
Some general tips here http://tinyurl.com/j7xlfj6
Er...what's wrong with 'Leylandii'? It's what they're called...
To the OP: I'd go all round it with a grub-axe or sharp spade, cutting
down through the roots as far as I could. Then I'd cut under it as
best I could, get a crow-bar under it and lever it out. Then cut it
into small pieces that will either go through your shredder, or if you
haven't got a shredder, small enough to fit in the car to take it to
your local dump, sorry, recycle centre.
Then go out and buy something a bit more appropriate for the site,
that won't grow so fast, won't need trimming twice a year, won't be a
boring plain green and won't look ugly after three years having had to
have its top cut out. Your local garden centre will have several
alternatives that are infinitely preferable to a Leylandii as feature
plants; ask the staff.
Brother and his family went there for a holiday (Haven) all I can
remeber is his two girls raving about some bear mascot thing (Bradley).
Anyway more apropos this thread:-
Didn't know any of that , but I never said Leyland was wrong I was more
alluding to an explanation of Tim's joke
My reply to Soup, which you've obviously not read. Pity, but no
"Nothing wrong with that either: Leyland cypress, Cypressus x
leylandii or × Cuprocyparis leylandii are what it's called, common
and botanical names. http://tinyurl.com/jue8xd3 "
Any gardener would immediately know what is meant by a Leyland tree.
You can 'clip' them to limit spread and trim the top (I call it the
leader but that probably isn't the correct term).
The problem arises when they get too tall to do yourself. We've just had
two taken down which, in the past, we've had 'topped' several times over
the years professionally. (They have always been too high to reach
without my wife panicing I would fall.) In the end, we decided enough
was enough. The bill ran to about £500 so it is worth keeping them under
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