|It grows like mad, especially during the spring. If you don't want to be looking into your back neighbors' bedroom windows, a few of these might be your ticket to near-future privacy.|
|Screengrabbed from this post. The wax myrtles will out-grow and impinge upon my crepe myrtle if they are not trimmed regularly.|
|It's enough to carpet the entire mulch bed beneath them. It's a hot mess.|
|You'd never know that there's a thick layer of myrtle trimmings under that hardwood mulch. That layer assists with a process akin to sheet composting in this bed.|
The only thing I will not do is leave large-diameter intact branches under my mulch layers because I worry that those might attract termites. But leaves and small twigs have never seemed to be a problem for us in that respect.
Houston suburbanites who understand the value of organic matter have been known to become pickers in a rather unconventional sense. I have a cohort who helps to administer a local community garden. He occasionally drives around Clear Lake neighborhoods with a pick-up truck looking for bags of leaves and pine straw that residents' lawn crews have bagged up and set by the curb. When he finds them, he simply tosses them into his truck and takes them over to the garden's composting area. After the composting process is complete, he's got a soil amendment that would have cost hundreds of dollars if instead it had been acquired through a commercial landscaping supplier. Pretty smart stuff.
|Screengrabbed from this site.|