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Cutting Back Leylandii Hedge for Fence

I have a circa 8ft high x 4ft thick Leylandii hedge on my side of the my boundary.  We need to put up a 6ft hight fence to replace the very old low level chain link fence and to do this will mean cutting back the Leylandii a fair bit on the fence side, in some cases cutting back branches close to the trunks.  We will leave anything above the fence height.

It doesn't matter that the hedge won't grow back behind the fence (and probably a good thing to avoid damage to the fence), but will cutting it back on one side affect the whole hedge?  We don't want to kill it as it looks lovely from our side.

Comments would be much appreciated.




  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,016
    Unlikely.  The other side will still grow.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    I cut my neighbours one right back to our boundary unfortunately it survived! 
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