About 25 years ago I planted two tiny leylandi cypresses. I thought if they grew as fast as I’d heard they do, I would soon have some privacy in a very exposed corner of the property.
The leylandis delivered, but then they kept delivering and delivering.
In the photo below, you can see the tree cutter we hired. The two leylandis are on the left side of the picture. When I planted them they only came up to his waist.
The sticksy tree to the left of the leylandis is a black walnut. Over the years it has been crowded out and has been leaning ever farther away from these cypresses, crying for light and water.
Our cedar hedge is fairly healthy until you get to the ones near the leylandis. It seems the shade and lack of water has not done them any good either. All the water got sucked up by the bigger trees.
The leylandis are toast now. I felt bad, but the walnut tree and the hedge are not sorry to see them go.
We can see our neighbours’ house again, but fortunately for us, they are great neighbours, so it won’t be a problem.