Posted: 21/05/2015 at 07:21
And just a tip re the hedge - I think the sides need trimming back now. A leylandii hedge needs it's sides trimming right from the start to encourage it to form a dense hedge. If you let it get wide then cut it back it will not regrow from the inner layers of the trees and you will be left with dead brown branches.
You probably know this but I thought I'd mention it.
Extract from http://www.leylandii.com/faq.html
"Will Leylandii grow back from brown wood ?
No. Always leave green growth on the sides of the hedge. If you cut back into the brown, leylandii will not re-shoot. This is not a problem if you keep your Leylandii No. Always leave green growth on the sides of the hedge. If you cut back into the brown leylandii will not re-shoot. This is not a problem if you keep your leylandii hedge trimmed from the start and you trim it back once a year to the same point. It is only a problem if you let it get over-grown or move into a property with an untrimmed Leylandii hedge. We have seen someone cut back one side of a very wide hedge back to the trunks. The green shoots from the other side of the hedge grew back through but this took five years. It would depend on how wide the hedge is and how far the green has to grow back through so is a bit risky. The only other alternative is to start again with a new hedge and keep it narrow from the start. If a leylandii hedge is cut back to the width you want immediately after planting and then cut back to the same width once a year, every year, you can keep it as a dense but narrow hedge."