Cutting trees down to size

I don’t know what trees these are but I need to level them off in line with the yew/holly hedge as they have grown far too tall due to my neglect.

Any tips?

Would cutting them off at the bottom be better? Coppicing?

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  • Tin potTin pot Posts: 744


    The green and red leafed trees on the left.
  • Tin potTin pot Posts: 744

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 13,943
    We had to have a whole row of trees cut like that, they look lovely now, they shoot out and become thicker, is that a Lime and a copper Beech.? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Tin potTin pot Posts: 744
    Lyn said:
    We had to have a whole row of trees cut like that, they look lovely now, they shoot out and become thicker, is that a Lime and a copper Beech.? 
    Cut to the ground or levelled off like I’m hoping to do?

    Im afraid I have no idea what they are, Would pictures of the leaves close up help?
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 13,943
    Close up photo would be a help, but whatever they are they need their wings clipped before they’re completely out of control.  They are very close to that house, a branch on a windy day could have the roof in. 
    Ours were very similar, we had them cut down to about 6 to 8’ the whole row. 

    I assume the others are conifers, Leylandii types? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Tin potTin pot Posts: 744
    Yew and holly 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 13,943
    Right, can’t really see well enough from the photos. They’re  at a good height. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • HelixHelix 704m altitude...Posts: 511
    If you cut them to height of current hedge is there anything that they could bud from at or near that height?  If not then coppice is probably best. 
  • Tin potTin pot Posts: 744
    Lyn said:
    We had to have a whole row of trees cut like that, they look lovely now, they shoot out and become thicker, is that a Lime and a copper Beech.? 
    Sorry for the delay!

    As below:


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