How to Care for a Leyland Cypress

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Leyland cypresses are evergreen trees grown over a large part of the U.S. Their soft, feather-like leaves, fast growth and ease of maintenance are good reasons why this tree is so popular. Leyland cypress are hardy from zones six to ten, so they will grow in most states. They can grow to sixty or seventy feet tall and have a spread of about twenty feet.

Step 1

Choose a spot in your yard for a Leyland cypress. They prefer full sun. Soil type does not matter, as the Leyland cypress can tolerate most soil varieties.

Step 2

Plant your Leyland cypress in the fall. Dig a hole about three feet deep and two to three feet wide. Place the root ball in the hole and firmly fill with soil.

Step 3

While the tree is young, water your Leyland cypress two times a week for ten minutes each watering. Once it is established, water it once every two to three weeks for ten minutes each watering.

Step 4

Fertilize your Leyland cypress in the spring and fall with one cup of water soluble 10-10-10.

Step 5

Prune your Leyland cypress in the spring and fall. Remove any over reaching or dead branches and trim to your desired shape. Most Leyland cypresses are trimmed in a columnar shape.


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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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