Have 45m run of double staggered Leylandii .... (no I didn't plant them)
Want to remove and plant something better ... I can obvioulsy use s
chain saw and cut down to a stump, there seems to be 2 main options to
removal of the remainder.
1. Pull out stump with a trefoil such as in this video
... but how well will that work on 20 yr old Leylandii .... typical
diameter between 6 and 8 " .... assume roots will be extensive
2. Hire a stump grinder .... HSS have a 6HP model :
or do I need something beefier such as
The trees are on a raised bank about 1.5m above ground behind a 1.2m wall.
I can put a ramp to wheel up a 'portable' grinder .... but not something
like a bobcat or similar
Try and dig the first one out by hand?
We took down a huge Leylandii when we first moved in and found it to be
very shallow rooted so getting the stump and the main roots out was
(relatively) easy. This tree was considerably more than 6-8" diameter.
That trefoil looks fun, but does rely on something pretty big as the main
post. It also looks to be pulling upwards; I would think that you could
tear out most of the stumps by leaving a taller trunk and pulling more
Another option (depending on access and the potential for collateral
damage) would be to hire a mini digger for the day and use the small
bucket just to grub them out.
Leave about 2 metres of trunk above the ground. This makes it easier to
apply some lateral force on the stump. if you cut them to ground
level then without a JCB, a stump grinder may be necessary.
Also wait for some heavy rain to soften the soil. Leylandii are
notorious for sucking all the moisture out of the soil and
leaving it like concrete.
By using winch - think I'm OK ... I built wall 1m in front of bank,
filled first 1m with stone (& French drain, all wrapped in Terram ...
and then soil on top .... trees were in the bank behind .... so hoping
majority of root is in the bank.
With a winch taking it slowly ... I 'may' be OK
However if people with experience think not then I will go the stump
On 8/10/2016 4:25 PM, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
I did say in OP that it is "45m run of double staggered Leylandii"
which is going to more than 100 trees
and in OP that there is no access for bobcat or similar
So far I have option to try to pull out - but never tried it (hence
Or a stump grinder - but may be take a long time - (long hire time)
I just tried eBay ... wow the Tirfor winches go for very high prices
.... guess the Landrover market keeps price up.
I just can't see pulling these trees out without a lot of
ground damage and massive force. I'd cut them off at ground level and
settle down to digging holes big enough to plant in, in a single row
between the stumps. Laurels have more lateral spread, so you won't need
two rows. If desperate, buy smaller plants and use a post hole borer
SDS? It'll just take a few more years to establish, but water well and
On 8/10/2016 5:08 PM, Capitol wrote:
I just can't see pulling these trees out without a lot of ground
I don't want to use Laurels as "is not suitable for seaside gardens"
and I live 500m form the sea.
I will use either
Oleaster – https://www.hedgesdirect.co.uk/acatalog/oleaster.html
My original idea was to cut them to just below ground level and plant
new hedge between - avoid any stump removal (not something I really want
to do)....but advice from Hedge suppliers and RHS is that this is
unlikely to be successful.
You can't plant new hedge close enough ( at least 5 per M) the stump
will be in the way ... and the side spread of roots means you will have
difficult getting roost of new hedge established.
I would say 5 per M is unnecessarily close. That's almost every 8";
ridiculous! Probably recommended in order to sell more plants! When I
took out my Leylandii hedge several years ago (see my earlier post in
this thread) I replaced it with a single row of Eleagnus ebbingei,
planted about 2 per M at the closest (every 18" in old money). Neither
the stumps nor roots of the Leylandii got in the way. We live in a
very exposed position in West Cornwall, probably a little closer to
the sea than you and 300ft up, facing SW and getting the full blast of
salty winter gales. Eleagnus ebbingei is excellent in that situation,
fast growing and tolerant of those harsh conditions. It's not entirely
hardy, but as you're on the coast, it should be OK. Other hedging
plants you might consider for coastal exposure as well as the Oleaster
(Olearia Traversii, which I also have and is good), are Olearia
virgata Laxifolia* (finer leaved than the Oleaster), also fast
growing, and Quercus Ilex (Holm oak). Although the Holm oak is capable
of reaching tree proportions (as are the Oleaster and Eleagnus if
they're allowed to), it can be kept clipped to make a tough seaside
* http://tinyurl.com/h3e8r2c Nursery just up the road from me
50 5ltr Olearia Laxifolia plants delivered for just £377.08 + VAT
Or 15 20ltr Olearia Laxifolia plants delivered for just £327.08 + VAT
Smaller plants will establish better in an exposed site. Almost
anything will need staking for the first few years under such
45 metres of double row hedge. Doesn't take a genius to work out that that
is quite a lot of trees.
Also said that digger access wasn't possible in original post. Time for new
reading glasses methinks.
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