Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

The Advantages of Dwarf Conifers

Rather than having to prune to control the growth of large conifers, consider buying “dwarf” conifers (actually, they’re more slow-growing then dwarf). They will look good for decades, yet require no pruning and essentially no care except to replenish their mulch so weeds don’t move in. After 20 to 35 years, when they begin to outgrow their designated place, just replace them. 12 months of beauty for 20 years or more and no maintenance? Now that is lazy gardening!

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

2 comments on “Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

  1. edremsrola

    Hi Larry,

    Since you are using this photo from my blog without permission, it would be neighborly of you to state your source – or at least include a link back.


    • Hi Ed,

      Sorry about that. I’m still rather iffy about how to do things on this attempt at a blog (like even realizing that I have to check comments occasionally!). I’ve added your website as source of the photo. I’m not sure how to do a link.

      Hope you felt my advice was adequate!


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