How to Trim a Leyland Cypress

Overview

Think carefully before planting a Leyland cypress. Many people plant Leyland cypress as a hedge, not realizing that it can grow to more than 100 feet tall and can require a great deal of time and energy to keep it looking like a hedge. The trick to keeping a Leyland cypress trimmed is to make frequent small trims rather than one large one.

Step 1

Make frequent small cuts to the ends of the branches of your Leyland cypress to modify both its shape and its height. Hand-operated pruning shears work best -- power hedge trimmers frequently cut too much at a time.

Step 2

Cut back to green wood and no further. Cutting back to brown wood could result in a permanently brown or dead spot in your hedge or tree.

Step 3

Cut the top of your Leyland cypress frequently if you plan to grow it as a hedge. Frequent topping is the only way to keep your hedge's height under control. During the warm growing months, trim as often as once per week.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Gloves

References

  • Anglain Gardener: Leyland Cypress
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About this Author

Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.