Bad neighbor

Asked August 17, 2017, 3:53 AM EDT

My neighbor decided to cut back my Leland Cypress trees so he could cut the grass that runs down our community driveway. Needless to say I will be taking him to court for destruction of property. He cut all the bottom branches off my trees about 5 foot up. All the way down my property line. These trees were beautiful and full. Now they look terrible. Will the trees branches come back? Will they ever get full again? Will this kill the trees.

Maryland pruning leyland cypress tree

3 Responses

If tree limbs are overhanging the property line, they can be pruned to the property line. In general, when leyland cypress mature, lower branches will drop.
The pruning will probably not kill the trees. If the trees were pruned back to green material, they may branch out. If pruned back to the trunk, they will not put out new growth.

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Thanks for your help. Will what my neighbor did kill my trees?