Planting a 5ft Leylandii hedge is a more economic option to achieving a hedge close to giving eye level height that will thicken out into a dense hedge over the next few years without costing a fortune. These plants are all sold as 5ft (150cm) in height from the top of the pot and are grown in a 10lt pot so will quickly establish in your garden after planting.
Leylandii are a highly popular fast growing evergreen and these plants will put on 2-3ft (60-90cm) each year if left untrimmed and so it will not take long for these plants to produce a Leylandii hedge at the required height to give eye level privacy. Leylandii produce a dense hedge barrier to provide visual privacy as well as absorbing sound and noise pollution and being a haven for nesting birds. Recent studies have shown that conifer hedges are particularly good at absorbing general pollution through their leaves and generally improving the air quality.
Once the plants have reached their desired height, we recommend that it be trimmed at that height which will both encourage side growth and restrict upward growth to a manageable amount. A leylandii hedge needs to be trimmed annually in the spring or autumn.
5ft leylandii hedge plants should be planted 2ft (60cm) apart stem to stem (this is the spacing between the plants shown in the photograph) and if they are planted during the drier summer months, they must be properly watered in their first year to ensure that they establish properly. This is best done using leaky hose which is cheap, easy to install and very effective.
More information about leylandii hedges can be found on the Leylandii Hedging category page.