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Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

No Leaves to Rake Up!

octobre 10
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’

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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