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’

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.

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