Most people who live with something like that because they 'hated to cut it down', wonder what the HECK took them so long!!!! I have cypress trees planted all around my 9 acre lakeThey are beautiful and beginning to split at the base of the trunk. The ability of Leyland cypress to thrive or do moderately well is quite regionally centered. I have to trim back several mature Leland Cypress trees that were neglected by their owners and have grown about 35 feet high and have spread horizontally such that they're growing over my gutters and roof. Learn more about how to train a young tree with pruning. I have two 50 foot Lelands which frame my two-story house.
But remember, you may find that after you begin working on the plant you'll end up with something that hurts your feelings (and your eyes) every time you look at it. Send out a lot of side growth? What we did was the same as the above but to a multi-trunked tree, letting the farthest trunks mature and keeping the others in check.
Remove the molding from the panel under the window and refresh the stain on the wood sections. I am being told that it must be oil based semi-transparent for cypress, especially older cypress like ours..that a solid stain will peel off..What color did you decide on? If youre creating a privacy screen, space your trees out about 15 feet apart. If the trees are just too large for their current location - which is often the case with Leylands - then complete removal is a much better option. Should that happen, please don't hesitate to remove it. On one side they have been up against a chain link fence which appears to have kept them from growing on that one side. Is it advisable to trim the trunk bare up to 15 feet? In the right place and under the right growing conditions, they can be an exceptional, fast growing screening tree. The species mentioned are all larger than yours and do not have a cascading habit so I'm not sure how much applies. Shearing the trees to remain at a specific size can be done - as noted earlier in this thread - but it is something that is begun much earlier in the tree's life and the removal of any top growth is typically limited to just a few inches to a foot or so.
The branches at the bottom don't have to be pruned and doing so will not correct your problem. :) Ellen. Question on Exterior Paint & Stain also Interior Remodel. hi all, new register todaymy issue is much like jim springer,,, going bare at the bottom 3 out of 10 ,,they seem properly spaced, the trees conceal a chain link fence that the tree limbs crowdly press against, some jut thru and are healthy, some meet resistance and turn brown,, i speculated the chain link fence got so hot it burned the limbs, literally, but what do i know, thats why i searched for help..my initial goal was to top them so as create a hedge row to easily control them,, i do not want to have to use a ladder, i have electric hedge trimmer,, please advise.. Leyland cypresses are not recommended by experienced arborists for all the reasons given. Is there a trick to it? Pruning lateral branches deeply into older, bare wood will NOT result in a flush of new growth. Our neighbor wanted instant privacy and matched our trees with his own leylands 1 foot from the property line and 3 feet apart. I have trimmed off the dead branches only to have the remaining green die also. Know what you mean.