Specimen Leylandii

I have a very tall specimen Leylandii in the corner of my country garden. It has provided a nest site and shelter to a pair of wood pigeons for several years, but two of the topmost limbs blew down in the wind of last winter. I am now worried that more may come down next winter. Is it possible to "top" the tree which may prevent this, or will this kill the tree? I would rather not cut it down completey in case I lose my pigeons!!


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,638

    We chopped 3 metres off the top of one of ours because we could no longer enjoy the sunsets. No problem. Well one. It has grown back but with extra side shoots so now it needs doing again, only more so.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Hubbard2Hubbard2 Posts: 2

    Thanx Pansy face. That's about how much I'd need to lop. Does it look ugly?

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,638

    Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to Leylandii, don't you think?

    It did it no favours but it doesn't look a great deal uglier than it did before.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,279

    If you've only got two wood pigeons, you're doing well. They breed like rats around here and are a flaming nuisance.image

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • I'd be getting rid of the Leyllandi AND the wood pigeons!

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,638

    Well, the leylandii is a good deal less ugly than what is behind it; a broken down old heap of rusting rubbish. And it provides the birds with nest sites. And it has  conveniently shaped branches on which to hang feeders that the various birds of prey can't attack.

    The wood pigeons are a nuisance, but I used to say that about starlings and I haven't seen a starling for over ten years. So I treasure everything, however much it may irritate me, because, in the words of the song, you don't know what you've got till it's gone.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 2,723

    My leylandii has pigeons nesting in it as well. And I get its head chopped off every couple of years as it starts to interfere with the telephone line.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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