Green Waste Removal | Customer Spotlight
Think Outside the Box: Ten Alternatives to Boxwoods
Landscapes come in many shapes and sizes, especially when you work with a variety of properties like NatureScapes does. However, all landscapes have one thing in common…shrubs. Some have more than others because of space, but shrubs are a staple in a landscape because they can serve so many different purposes including:
- Screening unsightly views like electrical boxes or parking lots
- Forming a natural fence to deter visitors from walking through turf
- Unifying a space or providing a transition from one bed to another
- Creating a focal point in the landscape
- Providing interest throughout the seasons
|Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
|Cryptomeria japonica ‘Globosa Nana’
|Gardenia jasminoides ‘Daisy’
|Euonymus japonicas ‘Microphyllus’
|Loropetalum chinensis ‘Purple Pixie’
|Nandina domestica ‘Gulfstream’
|Rhododendron sp ‘Encore’
|Taxus x media ‘Everlow’
|Thuja occidentalis ‘Globe’
|Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Conoy’
Annuals are always a cost effective way of adding instant color to your landscape, but these plants only last one season. If you want to stretch your landscaping dollar some, consider a more permanent option. Perennials, which are plants that will live for multiple seasons with proper care, will add color and interest to a landscape for years after being planted only one time. However, it is important to note that if it is constant color you like most, perennials’ bloom times are typically shorter and do not produce that “wow” factor as a mass planting of annuals.
Following are a few perennial favorites of NatureScapes Seasonal Color Designer and Floriculturist Shelley Threefoot Cowan. She uses them primarily for their evergreen foliage to add interest and color throughout the year.
Heuchera Citronelle (left) has bright chartreuse foliage that adds pop to a landscape in the winter. It requires shade or filtered sun, and its leaves are large and ruffled.
Autumn Fern (middle) has bronzy pink fronds in the spring that turn green as they mature. The fern does best in shady beds with filtered sun, and is also a good option for pots or baskets.
Sedum Angelina (right) has needle-shaped foliage that is a bright golden chartreuse color. It is a creeper, draping over sides of raised beds or pots. It takes full sun and is drought tolerant.
Note: If the winter is too cold or wet, the foliage of these plants may “melt,” but will come back in the spring.
Green Waste Removal
For 12 weeks during the months of October to December, 22 trucks roll into the NatureScapes’ Lilburn and Marietta facilities’ parking lots each weekday bulging with the leaf clean up from our properties. Additionally, four vacuum trucks follow the crews all over town to pick up the leaves that the maintenance teams cannot load onto their trucks.
These collected leaves will fill up three 40-yard roll-off dumpsters per day from the onset of fall in mid-October until winter pruning is completed in mid-March. This results in a five-month total accumulation of 8,000 cubic yards of green waste. Add to this three 40-yard dumpsters per week for the remaining seven months of the year and NatureScapes will process a grand total of about 10,000 cubic yards of leaves, sticks, and trimmings by the time the leaves start to fall again next year!
So what happens to all of this waste? An outside vendor hauls off and grinds the green material to create organic mulch. It is part of NatureScapes’ “green” imitative and it is included in the operating budget. The best part is that green waste removal is part of your landscape maintenance service so you never have to worry about what to do with all of those leaves!
“NatureScapes is awesome! It has been an extraordinary year for the properties I manage. My account manager is a top notch, first class guy, and the crew is very detail oriented. The landscaping always looks ‘finished’ – all of the shrubs are pruned and cleaned up, and the sidewalks are edged. People from all over the world come to one particular property of mine and have commented on how good it looks. I never have to worry because the account manager and crew consistently do a great job, and the place shows it. NatureScapes just gets better every year.”