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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?
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.
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 luck
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.