Leyland Cypress
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removal of leylandii trees

Zone dundalk, east coast of ireland | Anonymous added on January 26, 2018 | Answered

i need to get a leylandii hedge completely removed, what is the best way to have this done. i dont want any stumps remaining so will removal necessitate the stumps being ground down to prevent new shoots or regrowth. the trees are about 15ft high and 6 ft wide. will i be able to plant the same area with something more sensible in future or what would you recommend. sorry i dont have any photo.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on January 27, 2018

Getting the stumps ground down is probably the most effective way to remove them, but they can also be removed by hand with a lot of digging and chopping. In either case you can stop them from growing back. Also see this article:
https://local.which.co.uk/advice/how-to-cut-down-remove-overgrown-leylandii-hedge

As for planting afterward, adding some compost will help restore the soil fertility and help any remaining roots break down. You may want to plant the area with a legume or other "green manure" for a season to help restore the soil. Then you should be able to plant pretty much anything.

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