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Leylandi replacement

We inherited Leylandi at the bottom of our garden.  I can understand why the previous owners planted them - they act as a screen between our property and the one behind us.  However, we maintain our side on a periodic basis but they're becoming unmanageable the other side of our fence. 

Legally they belong to us so we'd like to remove and replace with a suitable plant "screen" which is manageable, maintains it's green leaves all year round and does not become a nuisance.

Can anyone suggest the best way to remove the Leylandi and a recommended replacement plant?




  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    How long have they been in?

    Do you want to the work yourself?-they are not easy to remove.

    And the soil will need a lot of re-nourishment

    It is a big job-you may need a professional.

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,402

    Hi Sue,

    Removing them sounds like a lot of work !

    But glossing quickly over that .... we have holly hedges which are evergreen and pretty dense - they certainly screen us from the road.  Also a beech hedge isn't evergreen, but keeps its leaves all winter, so is never transparent.  Plus I love the colour it goes in the autumn - especially when it catches the sun - it glows !  They are not that expensive to grow as a hedge from whips (you won't be able to plant til the autumn - but I guess you will have your hands busy with stumps and soil preparation til then anyway!).  Good luckimage

  • Sue FSue F Posts: 2
    Hi all, thanks for replying.

    I think they may have been planted approximately 20 plus years ago!!

    I am a little nervous about the work required and we may consider bringing in the specialists once I know what we'll replace them with. Your suggestion Chicky is holly hedges and a beech hedge. Presumably slow growers?
  • chickychicky Posts: 10,402

    Sue - both holly and beech seem to romp away with us - putting on about 18inches a year.  However, not as difficult to keep under control as a Leylandii - and both will forgive a bit of neglect for a few years and can still be got back into shape as they grow well from old wood.

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