Leylandii root length

(37 Posts)
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.

Bramshott Thu 04-Apr-13 17:35:32

Manchester - the ubiquitous privet is cheap and easy!

WhatKindofFool Thu 04-Apr-13 16:42:22

You are doing the right thing looking at alternatives. I bought a house with a row of 5 leylandii. 2 neighbours complained and I ended up felling them. I now have a row of trunks and can grow nothing where they once lived.

mirry2 Thu 04-Apr-13 14:46:00

Our neighbours planted leylandii next to our boundary fence. they are now about 30' and still growing. I worry about the repercussions if we want to sell our house but there's nothing we can do about it. The neighbours aren't the approachable kind

survivingwinter Mon 04-Mar-13 20:28:49

Go for laurel or thuja Manchesterhistorygirl - even if it's not fully grown when you decide to sell you'll be nearly there and it'll be easy to maintain smile neighbours can be a right PITA can't they....

Manchesterhistorygirl Mon 04-Mar-13 15:50:21

But I'm not intending to stay here that long. Maybe I'll just have to put up with her next door trampling all over my lawn and watching my every move.

Anyone want to buy a house?

CuttedUpPear Sun 03-Mar-13 20:11:05

Yes I agree there Rhubarb! I have a couple coming on nicely after five years.
Not for the novice though.

Rhubarbgarden Sun 03-Mar-13 19:22:41

Pleaching is fun and immensely satisfying though!

CuttedUpPear Sun 03-Mar-13 19:02:00

Pleaching a hedge requires painstaking training in the first few years and regular correct pruning thereafter.
Don't undertake it if you don't consider yourself a keen gardener - you have to make a pleached hedge, you can't buy one.

Chippychop Sun 03-Mar-13 00:09:57

[Manchester] In my now (considerable) research I would say thuja(red cedar) pot grown @ 80-100cm is your best most economical route. Evergreen toogrin

Manchesterhistorygirl Sat 02-Mar-13 23:28:30

A lot have lleylandii, so they're no bloody use. Thanks for the help you've given in bare root thingies. winkgrin

INeverSaidThat Sat 02-Mar-13 22:19:58

Manchesterhistorygirl. Look at what your nieghbours have. You could also ask at your local garden centre and see what they have on offer.

You can keep costs down by planting bare root 'whips'. They are much much cheaper than potted plants (although tend to have a higher failure rate).

If you are going to plant bare root shrubs you should get onto it straight away as you have to plat them when they are not actively growing, ie in winter.

Whatever you do, don't plant leylandii. Even the slow growing ones. They are horrid. (IMO) smile

Manchesterhistorygirl Sat 02-Mar-13 21:17:14

Interesting thread, we have a nightmare neighbour and can't have a fence at the front so we are planning a hedge instead. Lots of other people have hedges so we know we're ok on that front.

Tell me in simple words please what would be good, we want fast growing and not too expensive, but can't lower the value of our house because we fully intend to sell within three years. We're not garners so cutting back hedges is about our limit, that and mowing lawns and growing things in tubs. grin

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

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.

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

Pleached hornbeams very very classy. Good choice.

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????

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 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

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 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

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.

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.

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

I'm looking for about 100 plants

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

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

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