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Cut back leylandi hedge



hi any help or advice would be very much appreciated. I'm currently in the process of taking out my hedge ( 8ft tall and about 8ft length ways) which I think is a leylandi, I guess it's over 30 years old at least? I've been breaking off stalks about an inch or so thick from about a foot high from the ground, can I leave some of the very thick maybe 2 inch thick stalks and use them like a fence post to tie a bamboo screen to it? Will these stalks regrow new branches of hedge? Or will the Stalks eventually rot and break off leaving bamboo screen with no support? Or do I have to pull up the roots? Any help would be very much appreciated, I will try to upload pictures of where I'm up to so far if this helps


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,964

    It looks more like privet than leylandii which would be an awful lot higher than 8ft after 30 years.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,050

    It's Privet, if you cut the top it will shoot out from the bottom and along the bits you leave.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • adelle09adelle09 Posts: 2

    Ok so it's a privet, thanks for that. I've been Cutting it for the 20 years I've lived here but I've had enough of it so thought I could take it out by chopping it from the bottom instead, and leave a few of the larger thicker stalks to act as a kind of fence post to tie the bamboo screen to or will these stalks begin to regrow the privet is what Im really trying to find out I suppose so any ideas or advise would be welcome 

  • LynLyn Posts: 23,050

    They will regrow

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • WaysideWayside Posts: 845

    A bamboo screen will shade out regrowth, and it will likely look the worse for it.

    Privet may be a little common, but it really is great stuff.  But if you really don't like, I'd swap it out for another evergreen.  At least privet is semi-evergreen, and gives privacy.

    Privet will take quite a beating, so fastening something to it won't be a death knell.

    Last edited: 22 June 2017 17:45:11

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