So here's the set-up.
We have two rows of Leland Cyprus shrubs across the back of the yard. The back row has 18 bushes, the front has fewer (they had been lost before we purchased the home).
Behind these trees is the drainage stream for the neighborhood. In the winter we have a true rushing 'stream' back there, in the summer we have to mow and it's very dry & hot (middle Tennessee).
We have had a very wet winter and last week we had three trees from the front row fall over, just too wet.
We can't get them up right now, so my husband is thinking about taking about 6 feet off of the top and trying to put them back in.
My question is... would you try to save them (they are about 15ft tall)? Should we replace them? And if we replace them do you have any suggestions as to something more interesting that could tolerate the extremes of the seasons and provide screening.
I don't love them, but they do provide privacy from the neighbors behind us.
any and all suggestions are appreciated!
I would NOT try to pull them back up. Especially if you are cutting off 6' of the top. Leland Cypress are susceptible to several diseases and any kind of weakening could open them up for a disease. They are also a short lived tree, only 15-20 yrs.
I'd suggest going to a reputable tree grower or nursery in your area and talking to them about replacements for privacy. Just keep in mind when talking to people in the business...they are trying to sell you something, so get advice and then do your own homework on the net...at several sources not just one!
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