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We have just had 3 leylandii cut down, the fir tree  growing next to them looks dead right down the back. It's around 50 years old, is it worth keeping, can it recover? I hope so it's a grand tree, the birds all nest in it, help....Anne.


What's gone brown or bald won't recover anniesky.

can you grow something up the dead side to keep the birds happy

Thought so, any ideas, considering there are stumps surrounding it & it's very dry. cheers.


Was that was the area next to the Leylandii that has gone brown? it will be old leaves that have not fallen as they were sheltered. Shake them off or use a storng hose on the branches to shake them off. Some Abie (Fir) do shoot from the trunk where light levels have improved but they might not either!

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once it dies it does not recover best to remove stump.


I have this problem with a section of hedge at the rear of the garden.  After cutting everything back (reduced the hedge height by a third) the light levels improved and there is some new growth appearing in sections.  Unfortunately if the tree has totally gone then there is nothing much you can do.  I have pulled some of the new growth across the bare patches and also letting some wild hazel, Ivy and other bits and pieces grow up also rather than pulling stumps etc.

Interesting, thanks all....

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