Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

No Leaves to Rake Up!

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Alnus glutinosa ‘Imperialis’

Not all deciduous trees have leaves that you have to rake off the lawn! Some trees have leaves so small or thin so that they melt into the lawns or flower beds they fall on, leaving nothing worth raking up. This is the case, among others, of the honey locust (Gleditsia spp.), black locust (Robinia spp.), cut leaf birches (Betula pendula ‘Filigree Lace’ and others) and cut leaf alders (Alnus glutinosa ‘Imperialis’ and others). So if you hate raking up fall leaves, those trees are ones you’ll really love!

Photo: Alnus glutinosa ‘Imperialis’

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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