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pruning leylandii now the spring is here?

hi,iv just moved into a new place that has a relatively small garden,south facing front garden i intend to grow veg in and a north facing back garden that is very unlikley to get any direct sunlight.

there is a 12' leylandii hedge all around the building,iv cut the front down to 5' a week or so ago and want the east and west sides down to the same hieght as well to allow what light i can into my dreary north facing back garden so i can grow something there.

what is the best way to seal up the trees when iv cut them,will pitch do the job?


  • Hi  if memory seve;s  me there is a product called Arbex sold in diy shops and garden centres


    ps , can you upload some pictures so we might get some idea of your garden

  • LynLyn Posts: 22,887
    I just cut mine down from the tops but they don't ever Grow again so be prepared for flat tops forever. I didn't seal them and they were ok.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802


    I think you will be left with 5 foot totem polesimage

    They will not need sealing-perhaps take thern down to the ground unless you really want them??image

  • i cant take them down to posts,which is what id ideally like to do and use the trunks as posts for a pallet fence but its a tied house with my job,iv cut the front right back to the trunks on the inside so its a very severe pruning,and id hope to do the same on the east and west hedges so i can get morning and evening light,some of the side hedge has already died due to a previous tenant lopping the tops off hence my being a bit dubious about giving them a hard prune.

    im leaving all the growth on the outside though,hoping that it will help.

    is there any type of veg that does well in partial light that i could try in the north facing back garden?

    thanks for all your advice so far

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    What is the soil like- those trees will have taken a lot out of it-I assume it does get some sun?

  • i work on a chicken farm so the soil will be great image i do know that the south facing lawn was used for veg a year or so ago and was returfed last year so it has had a rest,and i only moved in in january so im not sure if any of the back garden gets direct light no techie and cant seem to upload pics but the lawns are around 20' long by 45-50' wide.

    i know that there are varigated plants and a few flowers that arehappyin the shade but will i be able to grow any veg in the north facing oneif i can get a couple of hrs of morning and evening sunlight into it?


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