Branch Out And Boost Your Privacy By Planting Trees
We all know how essential it is for us and the environment to plant trees. Not only is it a win-win but it’s great for privacy too! We all have our favorites when it comes to trees. One of my favorites is the Leyland Cypress tree. Leylands are the most popular privacy tree in the U.S.A. They grow very fast and thicken to create a solid wall and that’s just the kind of privacy we were looking for in our backyard. Its feathery texture is soft to the touch and it stays green all year-round, giving you complete privacy.
If you are looking for to boost your privacy be sure to check out why the Leyland just might be what you are looking for. Below, you will find out everything you need to ask about the Leyland Cypress.
How many trees do I need to actually create a hedge?
Leylandii should be planted between two and three feet apart. If you’re planning a tall hedge – 15 feet or more – then you need to plant them three feet apart. If you need a hedge fast, but height isn’t a great concern, then two feet is fine. Three feet apart will still provide a great screen, but it’ll just take longer for the trees to fill in the gaps.
What’s the best time of year to plant my trees?
If your Leyland cypress trees are pot-grown you can plant them whenever you need to. Between November and February means you won’t have to water as much over the main growing season – March to October. You should still keep an eye on them if there’s a heat wave or dry spell, though, to ensure their roots don’t dry out.
If you plant your trees during the growing season, you’ll need to water them throughout the growing season for the first year.
What are the environmental advantages of Leylandii?
The most obvious benefit to the environment is that these dense trees provide year-round shelter, food (in the form of insects) and security for wild birds.
The benefit for humans is that the dense foliage filters out a lot of particulate pollution from the air. This form of pollution is a serious health hazard, especially in urban areas – the World Health Organisation reported in 1999 that more people die as a result of pollution than as a result of car accidents. Some research projects have found that the presence of Leylandii trees can improve air quality by up to 40%, thanks to the dense and complex leaf structure trapping many more particles than the leaves of deciduous trees.
How long do they live?
No-one knows for sure, but some of the first Leylandii trees were planted in the late 1800s in the UK and they’re still growing, so the lifespan is at least 100 years on average.
How often do I need to trim my Leylandii hedge?
You should trim your Leylandii hedge once a year only. Frequent trimming means that the trees don’t get the chance to recover and flourish before the winter. Excessive trimming also makes them more vulnerable to hot, dry summers and cold winters as well as aphids. It seems that the best time to trim is the late spring or the early summer.
Can I maintain a narrow Leylandii hedge?
Yes, if you trim your hedge once a year, you can get it as narrow as 18 inches – you just need to trim it to this width once a year, starting from its first year.
When do I need to cut the tops of my trees?
Wait until the tops of the trees are six inches lower than the height you’re aiming for, then trim them. This means they “branch out” to fill in and create the top of the hedge. You can trim the tops at any time of year.
I hope you were able to get some good information about planting and privacy. I can’t wait to plant some more in the front of my house. It’s always a great feeling planting trees – makes you smile on the inside when you look at them.
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