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Hi ,I want to plant what I now know are screening trees infront of a very long 4ft privet hedge.Having looked at the cost of these trees I am considering perhaps leyland cypress with the intention of making them like a lollipop/standard look to provide the screening and privacy .This is purely as I need alot of them and the price.Any ideas if this would work ?


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,140
    Have a look instead at pleaching trees such as beech, hornbeam, catalpa. 

    If you prepare a bed well, improving the soil with organic matter such as well-rotted garden compost and/or manure you can plant fewer trees but expect a wider spread from their trained branches.  Planted well, they will grow well and be decorative as well as providing a higher screen than your hedge.

    Leylandii will look very solid, cast shade on either your garden or the hedge and suck up huge amounts of water and nutrients making if difficult for anything else to thrive and their bare trunks will look very unattractive.   They also won't stop growing taller and taller and taller and will need careful annual trimming to keep them neat and prevent die-back.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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