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Pruning Leyland Cypress

Posted by jubal3944 Georgia (My Page) on
Fri, May 2, 08 at 10:12

The previous owner of my house planted a row of Leyland Cypress as a screen. They are now over 30' tall and the shade they create is killing a large part of my Bermuda lawn. I would love to just cut the tree about 15' up and prune branches near the top of what is left to taper in.

I'm pretty certain this is a ridiculous idea but I would like to know exactly why? I'm sure the trees would look ridiculous for a year or so and I might shorten the life of the trees, but the thinning grass looks terrible and it is not feasible to turn the thinning area into a bed. That leaves removing all the trees which will be a pretty big job.

I would love to hear advice and/or opinions on this situation.

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RE: Pruning Leyland Cypress

Better to prune at ground level, and plant something different.

Your surmise that pruning half way up is a ridiculous idea is quite correct - they'd look awful, and the new regrowth would be weakly attached with forked stems liable to split in gales or snow. Trying to taper the top would just leave a dead top, as they only regrow from green foliage, not from branches pruned back to brown stems.


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