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my neighbours very high and dense leylandi is old and getting wider every year though trimmed back as far as possible. It now pushes against my fence and overhangs my garden about 1 metre. Shrubs I have planted in front of it do not grow straight up but outwards being 'pushed' by the hedge. I am intending cutting it right back to my fence line and planting mature mixed evergreen shrubs in front to hide at least some of the bare wood that will be exposed after cut back. Has anyone dealt with a similar problem?? Any advice on fast (evergreen) screening but more natural look?


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198
    Hi @k2keith - sadly, it's a common problem.
    You can certainly cut back to your boundary fence, but you'll need to choose carefully as many shrubs etc will struggle if there's still an overhang of conifers. 
    Have you got a photo of the general area? The height of hedge/fence,  and the aspect are also relevant factors.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 10,411
    As Fairygirl says, the problem will be with the conifers taking all the moisture as well as causing problems with the light. If you have the room and can extend the shrubs beds out, that will help. Soil preparation is another important thing. 
    Looking forward to a photo or two  :)
  • GreenbirdGreenbird Posts: 237
    I hate leylandii. I'd honestly prefer my neighbours to plant an Oak than one of those monstrosities. 
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  • k2keithk2keith Posts: 5
    Sorry about separate posts but no idea how to condense into one These are obviously views of leylandi sitting high above the garden because house is on a slope
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,162
    You need to use the landscape and sun icon in the tool bar to post photos.  (fifth from the right, the one with a sun and mountains.)
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • k2keithk2keith Posts: 5
    Thank you for advice re posting. I am learning that I don't have to go back to my original post but just add to the thread and that is where you find the photo option!! Seems obvious once you know where to look!!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198
    edited May 2020
    Ah - you can only add to your original post within an hour @k2keith :)
    For photos - try and keep them below 1MB too. Technically - you can add pix up to 5 or 6 MB, but in reality, they don't load well  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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