Leylandii root length

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Chippychop Mon 25-Feb-13 21:40:21

We are probably about to plant some right Down the side of the garden, 20m on each side. We are planning to plant away from the fence so we can get in and trim but can anybody tell me what length/depths the roots grow to. we are growing them for privacy but I don't want I upset my (nosy) neighbours so need to be armed with the facts in case they kick off.

Smudging Mon 25-Feb-13 21:56:10

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Chippychop Mon 25-Feb-13 21:59:19

The fencing is already in. Actually when they are kept neat and boxed I don't mind them

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 25-Feb-13 22:01:54

Leylandii are one of the most common causes of neighbour disputes. They're also not very attractive. Are you sure they are what you want?

Chippychop Tue 26-Feb-13 12:51:47

Yes but mainly because it grows quick (and its cheap) We'll want to move in the next. 5-10 years and think the privacy it gives us will help the resale. On side we have a tumbling down wreck the other side is nosy but nice neighbours. Open to alternatives but having a trench dug next week and keen to plant up ASAP

Rhubarbgarden Tue 26-Feb-13 13:46:33

Think twice before assuming it will help resale. The first thing we did when we bought this house was remove an overgrown (30ft high) Leylandii hedge. It cost £1600 to remove and our offer on the house was adjusted accordingly.

Chippychop Tue 26-Feb-13 16:22:40

we are only planning to have it 8-10 max and keep it boxed short though. I agree 30ft ones are awful

anchovies Tue 26-Feb-13 16:28:20

Another vote for "don't do it!"

We inherited an overgrown leylandii hedge and got rid of it after a few years because it was such a pain to keep in check. It was a full weekends work to trim it (admittedly it was worse because it had been allowed to get so wide and we were limited as to how far we could thin it out) If it could be kept at 6 foot it wouldn't be bad but we liked it higher but then cutting at 10 foot was such hard work. Are you definitely up for twice a year chopping?

anchovies Tue 26-Feb-13 16:29:08

What about trellis on top of the fencing? Then planting for privacy?

Chippychop Tue 26-Feb-13 16:33:16

if we could afford it i'd go for beech - but its so slow growing. i'm not a fan of laurel...we are definitely up for chopping 2x's a year. theres a man who can quite cheaply round here. the front is more of an issue than the back really, I come out my door and feel every one can see straight in from way down the street, I want to close us in.[confused

cantspel Tue 26-Feb-13 18:39:54

How about a Escallonia Macrantha (Rubra)

fast growing and flowers so looks alot better than Leylandii

www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Escallonia+rubra+macrantha

It will not help resale, they are nasty nasty trees. If you do manage to sell, the new owners will likely either rip them out or if they are lazy buggers will not prune them and your neighbours will end up with 30' monstrosities on their border. They dry the soil out for a long way around and also release chemicals that prevent anything growing near them.

I wouldn't buy a house with leylandii or neighbouring a property with them. I wouldn't plant them unless I hated my neighbours and was feeling really malicious.

I'd go for a trellis and some lovely fast growing climbers instead.

Oh yes, and the roots grow down as far as hell and are nourished by the devil's own manure wink

Chippychop Tue 26-Feb-13 22:28:43

[cantspel] that's a lovely hedge plant. I'm just trying to check out (bare root) availability and of course cost

Chippychop Tue 26-Feb-13 22:32:03

I'm looking for about 100 plants

samuelwhiskers Wed 27-Feb-13 08:42:32

Another one for don't do it!!! We just paid a fortune to have ours ripped out. Nothing grows within metres of a planted Leylandii hedge. I have a friend that had subsidence problems at her house because of a neighbour's hedge. Also to keep it neatly trimmed, you will be cutting it right back twice a year within 4 years and it will drive you mad because they are not easy to cut. They might give fairly quick privacy but you will regret it. What about red robin or photinia. We have an "evergreen" hedge against our neighbours which is a mixture of lots of nice evergreen bushes, and then in the gaps in front we have planted things like lilac and other nice deciduous plants which flower. It sounds as though it would take a lot of space but it doesn't as it is quite tightly planted. I would have thought this was better for resale than a leylandii hedge.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 27-Feb-13 10:06:40

Prunus lusitanica (Portuguese laurel) is another good evergreen for hedges. Fast growing, cheap, dense and has attractive flowers/berries. It's totally different from other laurels.

Chippychop Wed 27-Feb-13 18:34:39

Surfing the net and doing more research. But have stinking cold and feel rough so may need to come back to this

CuttedUpPear Fri 01-Mar-13 00:25:28

If you ever listen to Gardeners Question time on R4 you'd know that these are the scourge of the home owner, let alone the gardener.

In my opinion you'd be devaluing your property.
Try Viburnum seiboldii which can reach 20 feet and has lovely white flowers.

Chippychop Fri 01-Mar-13 18:23:30

Ok so today's thoughts are thuja at the front and green beech at the back. Root balled. Depending on Dh's opinion

CockyFox Fri 01-Mar-13 18:40:12

We've got leylandii at the back and hawthorn down the sides, both planted the same time. The leylandii are beautiful and the hawthorn is a twiggy 3 foot mess, the hawthorn is going to come out and be replaced with flowering shrubs.
My veg bed is directly in front of the leylandii and the first foot or so is too dry to grow anything but good space for spuds in bags the rest is very productive and unaffected by roots.
We went for the hawthorn after being convinced that leylandii are a bad thing but I wish we hadn't bothered and stuck with leylandii all the way around to be honest.

Chippychop Fri 01-Mar-13 22:29:42

Had chat with DH who now fancied pleached hornbeam at the back and if we buy/plant soon we could get bare root (cheaper). I'm not a fan of pleaching as I like the au natural look but it will give us screening left and right above the 6ft fence. Still thuja at the front I think- but do we go pot grown or bare root????

Rhubarbgarden Fri 01-Mar-13 22:44:43

Pleached hornbeams very very classy. Good choice.

INeverSaidThat Sat 02-Mar-13 00:18:13

It would put me off buying a house. I can't stand lylandii. They are ugly even when maintained properly. I would rather see a small hedge of beech than a more mature lylandii.

If i saw an immature beech hedge i would know it would eventually grow into a lovely hedge whereas If I saw lylandii I would just see a problem as I would have to dig it out and replant something nice.

If you buy beech bare root whips they are not tat expensive at all.

A mixed hedge would also look nice.

survivingwinter Sat 02-Mar-13 21:03:53

Yes Thuja plicata much better option as slower growing and rejuvenates from brown branches when cut back.

I have no privacy in my garden thanks to my neighbours cutting their trees down a few years ago <grrr> but am gradually getting it back and have planted a mixture of evergreen and deciduous screening trees and shrubs for interest. I know you're not keen on laurel but works well if combined with other trees and shrubs and is very dense smile

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