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How to deal with Leylandii hedge behind a border?

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 11:13

I think I might combine with a Montana, and find some evergreen honeysuckle to go with it.

How to deal with Leylandii hedge behind a border?

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 09:55

I do like the sound of any ivy fence Fairy! I wasn't sure if the trunks would die or not, but I guess technically the neighbour's side is still alive (albeit smothered by a fence - I think it has been cut back quite hard behind it, to allow the fence to be attached to the trunks) and the top bit on her side would still grow. That might be just enough for them to provide living fence posts for us both. By Jove, I think you've got it!

How to deal with Leylandii hedge behind a border?

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 21:20

 if only I could!

How to deal with Leylandii hedge behind a border?

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 20:24

Thanks for all your answers!


Dove - I know what you mean about it being ugly. I've never seen attempts to disguise such a monstrosity, but I'm a bit concerned having read your reply! There's one other issue which I haven't mentioned yet ('cos I forgot!) which is that my neighbour's fence is actually held up by the Leylandii. The previous neighbour - a complete ar*e, actually built the fence by nailing the horizontals TO THE TRUNKS OF THE LEYLANDII. Yes - you read that right! So if I cut it down altogether - which was the original plan - we have to replace it with a fence because the neighbour's fence will come down with it. Just having a hedge between us isn't an option as we both have multiple dogs. 


Joyce, but I'd be worried about doing that while birds are nesting in it. There's too much of it for me to manage with shears and I'm worried the electric hedge trimmer will frighten them off. Apart from that, I don't want have to battle my way through all the summer growth in that border to get to the hedge! Also, we have to put a stepladder on the bed to reach the top of the hedge safely; it's 6ft high and we don't want to have it any lower for the sake of privacy. 


Gosh, this is turning out to be a bigger headache than I thought. Every year I think, "I'll just keep it, and cope with squeezing in there and be good and pick up all the trimmings, but there are so many small things that grow where we need to walk... and I HATE cutting hedges! I think Fairygirl's idea of a Montana might be tried before I give up completely though.


Ah well, back to the drawing board - taking all your good suggestions with me 

How to deal with Leylandii hedge behind a border?

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 15:59

I really want to remove the hedge altogether and replace with fencing, but the birds use it as cover and that is the only reason I'm keeping it, as I do garden very much with wildlife in mind (I've planted mixed native hedging elsewhere in the garden).


I did wonder about cutting the Leylandii right back to brown wood, so it won't rejuvenate, and then planting some vigorous clematis to disguise it. Obviously I'd have to train them onto it so they didn't attach themselves to the shrubs in the border. The other side of the Leylandii (in my neighbour's garden) has a fence planted right up against it, so they can't see it.


If I did cut it back to brown wood on my side, and on top, I know I would effectively be killing it, but does anyone know how long the trunks would stay put, providing support for the clematis and therefore hidey holes for birds?

How to deal with Leylandii hedge behind a border?

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 15:52

Hi Floralies, some of the shrubs, although not planted particularly closely, have spreading branches that get in the way a bit, but I'll give that a go in March when we make the first cut on it. Such a simple idea, I don't know why I didn't think of that - duh!

How to deal with Leylandii hedge behind a border?

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 14:54

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?

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 09:53

Well, now I know what to ask Father Christmas for! Thanks Dove and Punkdoc x

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 08:57

Morning all! I've been very rude and neglectful after your lovely welcome a few weeks back, but I've had a nasty bout of the blues plus more work than I can reasonably cope with. Actually, still got more work than I can cope with, so I'd better get on, just wanted to check in with you, say hi, and I hope you've all got nicer mornings than I have here in North Devon - raining and so dark we've still got lights on indoors :( Hubby says I should get one of those daylight sunshine bulb thingies...

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 19:09

Sounds like you've already decided Liri, but I'll add my voice anyway - taxi, for safety's sake! If you get drenched and catch a chill or worse, fall in a ditch, you're not going to achieve as much in your time there, plus you'll have saved yourself an hour of your life time and you can't buy that at any price.


I had a very frustrating morning - went to hospital for a blood test only to find doc hadn't sent the necessary electronic notes. Came out to find I still had to pay £1.80 for parking! Then stopped in town on the way back to buy angelica for a special pud I had planned tonight, but they sold out yesterday. Had to pay £1.10 for the privilege of finding that out. On the plus side, we have a new neighbour to replace the family-from-hell that we've had living next to us for two years and she is LOVELY, plus got allocated a new bod to write for (I ghostwrite peoples' autobiographies for them) so all in all not a bad day. 


Hope you've all had some of the wonderful sunshine we enjoyed here in North Devon, or at least if you didn't, your fingers and toes aren't too froze 

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