How to deal with Leylandii hedge behind a border?
Hi all - I haven't been very active on here for ages - work seems to have taken over my life - but I hope you'll forgive me and perhaps come up with a magical solution to my problem. I inherited a stretch of Leylandii hedge, about 20ft long, with my garden. I have created a border in front of it, and have got plants which seem happy there (granted, they get a LOT of enrichment each year in the form of thick mulches, feeding and extra watering). What I didn't think about when I did that was how to trim the hedge twice a year without all the cuttings falling on my plants! It is mostly shrubs (Viburnam, Philadelphus, Syringa and Ceanothus) and spring bulbs, which don't suffer too much, but there are also pulmonaria, foxgloves and Japanese anemones which do get squashed, despite being planted a good three feet in front of the hedge. I was going to remove the hedge and replace with a fence, but so many garden birds use it as cover, including my favourite little wrens, that I have almost 100% changed my mind about removing it. Any tips?