Perhaps the best way to mimic nature in managed landscapes is to turn leaves into compost. When applied back to the soil, compost provides many of the benefits that are enjoyed by plants in natural environments.
This year’s extraordinarily wet winter and spring has and will continue to stimulate rapid production of new leaves in many of our woody landscape plants. This lush new growth may now need to be trimmed to prevent shading of vegetable gardens and flowerbeds.
Anyone who moved into a new house between 1995 and 2008 is probably familiar with the fast-growing, super-screening workhorse of the conifer family — the Leyland cypress. But while the Leyland cypress might be the most popular conifer in Georgia landscapes, there are a whole host of conifers that will grow just as well in home landscapes.