fill in the gaps
Lavender field bordered by cypress trees
Hi, I have a long straight row of mature 22 year old Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) that creates a nice visual barrier near a property line.
The spacing between each tree is about 10 feet, and the trees are about 40' high. At this point they've lost most of their branches from the ground up to about 8 feet, leaving big gaps that I'd like to fill.
I planted baby Monterey cypress out of 1 gallon containers in the gaps about 5 years ago, but they've barely grown an inch.
They look healthy and green, but haven't grown. To see what's going on, I dug up two of them and found that their roots haven't propagated at all, except for a few that went straight down about 8".
I'm considering digging up all the young ones, putting them in 20 gallon containers in the middle of the field, let them grow for 2 or 3 years, then put them back. Does that sound like it would work?