We just moved to a new house. The which previous owner used to take good care of his garden. A few days ago I was pruning the hedge and which I believe is a Leyland Cypress. I found some brown patches and now I am worried. ( will take some pix later and update this post).

A fire destroyed a good portion of it, and regarding this I have 2 questions:

Should I cut off the burnt branches to help regrowth or can I leave it as it is? How long will it take to grow again?

Thanks very much in advance.

Burnt area burnt hedge

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    Leylandii grows fast, so replanting would also be an option. Leylandii wouldn't be my first choice though (grows fast = maintenance) and little grows underneath it (not a problem where your path is)
    – winwaed
    Aug 13, 2013 at 13:21

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As @winwaed has pointed out the Leyland cypress grows fast. Wikipedia describes it as

The plant's rapid growth (up to a metre per year) and great potential height (often over 20 metres (66 ft) tall, sometimes as high as 35 metres (115 ft)) can become a serious problem.

If you wait it should regrow but might be a little distorted as the main stems have been damaged. For this approach cut back the growth until you get to live tissue. If you replant you will end with a more uniform appearance but you have to wait for it to get to a height that gives privacy.

If this were my choice I would build a fence. Instant privacy with less maintenance.

  • But fences often have height restrictions.
    – Mr. Boy
    Sep 11, 2020 at 15:42

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