Replacing leylandii section by section
Has anyone tried to replace a leylandii hedge bit by bit successfully? We have one running down the side of our garden, with a small road / footpath on the other side which is used regularly so we're not keen on chopping it down all at once and being open to the prying eyes! I want to get some native hedging in, as we're lucky enough to have wildlife including hedgehogs visit. Can I plant a few specimens at a time by chopping say one or two leylandii back to the bone or down? Would new plants grow well? We have some holly and elder growing here and there already.