Clearing the Woodland Gardens

Work has begun on the western section of the Woodland Gardens. Thick sections of greenbrier are being removed to make room for future plantings of native shrubs and trees. This wooded edge will feature many of our native vines as well.

 

Before and after greenbrier removal. There is literally no shrub layer or new tree saplings starting as the heavy growth of greenbrier and heavy pressure from hungry deer prevent it from being established. With it cleared we can begin plans for re-establishing, which includes using an organic deer repellant until a deer exclusion fence goes in.

A large greenbrier thicket before and after the thicket was removed. The decaying wood stays put, as it provides a naturalistic aesthetic and is home to many insects and grubs on which the birds feed. The rotting logs and cut-up debris also stays put!