Can I Cut Lower Limbs Off My Leyland Cypress

Q: I have Leyland cypress trees along the edge of my property. Can I cut off lower limbs so I can get underneath with my lawn mower?

A: Practical concerns like yours give landscapes individuality. If you remove less than 25% of the total foliage on the Leyland cypresses, I don’t foresee any problem. Once you remove the limbs the trunk will not make new sprouts so you can mow unimpeded into the future.