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Lawson cypress top out?


Jo-ms

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Hi, we have just moved to a new property which has 23 trees with TPO, we have come from small garden so no experience with them. Visit from tree surgeon says either remove or take 4 meters off the 20 Lawson Cypress trees as they are very small girth trunks, very spindly and some have U shape trunks. I have tried to read up on them and everything says that it won’t cause them to strengthen. Before I apply for permission, would value opinions?

 

Also, any ideas what causes this on hedge and what to do about it please?

 

I would rather save/ see trees grow more healthy than take them down.

 

Many thanks

 

Jo

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The cypress trees are going to be an ongoing cost, the bigger they get the bigger the cost, I would remove and replant something else, that said they can make a good wind/noise brake but will require regular topping every few years.

 

the connie hedge has been cut to hard in the past, the brown patches won’t grow back, in my mind there are 3 options:

1:put up with it

2: remove

3: plant something interesting to cover the gaps 

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Hedge could be aphid damage.

I would not touch the lawsons , if you top them you will have a worse problem in a few years as they will grow back more vigorously, weaker and you will enter a circle of having to spend money on them around every 5 years to keep them , if light is an issue I would get them felled… any reasonable tree officer won’t object to that but usually you will have to replant. 

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I would guess that your TPO is an area one, not one specific to your address; I can't see another way of such scrappy trees attracting protection.  If I'm wrong read no further but if I'm right... if the Lawsons were planted after the TPO was placed they aren't covered by it; they don't look to be that old

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On 23/04/2023 at 20:05, Will C said:

The cypress trees are going to be an ongoing cost, the bigger they get the bigger the cost, I would remove and replant something else, that said they can make a good wind/noise brake but will require regular topping every few years.

 

the connie hedge has been cut to hard in the past, the brown patches won’t grow back, in my mind there are 3 options:

1:put up with it

2: remove

3: plant something interesting to cover the gaps 

 

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On 24/04/2023 at 09:26, nepia said:

I would guess that your TPO is an area one, not one specific to your address; I can't see another way of such scrappy trees attracting protection.  If I'm wrong read no further but if I'm right... if the Lawsons were planted after the TPO was placed they aren't covered by it; they don't look to be that old

 

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On 23/04/2023 at 20:13, MattyF said:

Hedge could be aphid damage.

I would not touch the lawsons , if you top them you will have a worse problem in a few years as they will grow back more vigorously, weaker and you will enter a circle of having to spend money on them around every 5 years to keep them , if light is an issue I would get them felled… any reasonable tree officer won’t object to that but usually you will have to replant. 

 

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They look like lawsons cypress. I think they could be reduced by a few meters and you won't have to touch them for 10 yrs. If they were leyland cypress , that would be different 

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The conifer hedge issue can have a few different causes-overspray from oil tank filling in windy conditions/slightly overdeep cutting/ harsh or salty winds.The most likely issue is dryness at the rootzo es+adelgid/aphid attacks.If it spreads along the hedge-your'e buggered.If it stays static sympathetic trimming around the area when routinely trimming the whole hedge (late Sept) will encourage eventual closure-and shoots coming thru the dead zones are precious.But it can recur/spread/pop up in other areas too.

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