Leylandii Hedging Questions
This might give you an idea of what just two cupressus trees would look like after fifteen years if left to their own devices.
Needless to say, we didn’t plant them. We only kept them because they do block out a bit of a mess in the area behind our garden.
We had the tops taken off two years ago because they were blocking out the sun. No regrowth so far, just rather ugly stumps.
Apophthegm - a big word for a small thought.
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
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Its great at what it does, if maintained well then it wont be a problem. If you have patience then Yew does it for me every time, a much more attractive hedge, good for wildlife, can be trimmed and shaped very well, but its undoubtedly a lot less instant than lleylandi
Thank you so much once again, this has all reassured me and I think I’ll be going with Lelandii. I’m not scared of a bit of maintence and I feel it’s the most suitable for me.
The only other option would have been Yew, but I can’t find them anywhere at a reasonable price/starting size.
Thanks again all!
If you want a "leylandii looking" hedge, you could consider thuja plicata instead.
Yes, a better idea as
(aka Western Red Cedar, even though it's a cypress not a cedar!) will come from old wood.
If you're not wedded to the idea of a conifer, then laurel makes a good hedge, with the added benefit that it can be cut back very hard and will still regrow. I planted some and it grew at about the same rate as an existing
hedge (which I eventually replaced with more laurel) once it was established.
can also be used, and it's much nicer to look at than conifers, at least to my eye.
I've looked after several hundred gardens in the past 10 years. Leylandii is NOT a bad plant. It is genuinely as easy to look after as other hedges and no more work. It doesn't render the ground infertile and you can grow bulbs and some other plants directly at it's feet on the shaded side and all sorts on the sunny side. Just 2-3ft away you can treat the ground as normal and plant most suitable things.
Those photos above are the result of neglect, possibly in rented gardens.
When you do an annual trim on leylandii you'll have a nice green hedge year round that birds also love to nest in. It's only brown if you trim severely into it to reduce height.
I totally agree
Alan Clark2 in Liverpool
There are many other plants that can be used for hedging, and they are all at least as attractive as leylandii (which isn't saying much).
I wouldn't have Leylandii because I'm not a fan of very formal but my parents planted one donkeys years ago and it was carefully trimmed and looked after until it got to about 8ft. It's still at 8ft and my 82 year old mum cuts it's whiskers off twice a year and it looks as if it has been trimmed by laser. (Her kindly neighbour does the top bit as she's 5ft nothing!).
It's all in the maintenance.
Whichever hedge plant you choose - and I agree that Leylandii can
be a really good hedge, and provide shelter for birds, if properly maintained - it is important to trim it properly and at the right time of year.
It's also important to cut it to a slight 'A' shape ... called 'to a batter' ... all explained here
This will avoid the bottom of the hedge getting 'bare legs' .... not an attractive look for a hedge.
Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.