Carl Penny Posts: 13
Hi we have some leylandii trees in our garden that have been there for a very long time, along the edge but they have develop brown patches as you see from the photos is along the bottom but not right at the bottom but all along and then goes up in places.
What could cause this and what would the best action be to solve/make it look better.
Firstly it's die back. No real solution for it, however, your'e not cutting the hedge properly, if it's you that's cutting it. Hedges need to be wider at the base than the top, so it's the wrong way round. If you let the bottom grow over the next year, outwards, the new growth will hide the die back. I wouldn't touch that hedge till next Autumn to let it fill out and then cut it as described. Fir hedges especially need this type of cut. I'd feed the hedge in spring with Fish bone and blood, water it in well then leave it alone. It will grow back and hopefully you'll get enough growth to hide the die back. When you do cut it, make it a light trim in the first instance, then stand back and assess the look of it. Never cut back hard as you'll just create more die back.
Ok Thanks. Its not me that cuts it Thanks for your help, Thought it might have been more sinister.
Very clever idea Verdun - a few things I could try that with