Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Free Mulch Awaits You in Most Neighborhoods

octobre 25Every gardener knows that the very best mulch is chopped leaves and that leaves are also a vital ingredient of compost. The problem is that, once you begin using fall leaves wisely, you often run out of them. Fortunately, there is an easy and cheap supply of leaves, probably right next door. Many people still bag their fall leaves and put them out for their municipality to recycle. (Hard to believe, isn’t it!) So simply steal the leaves your neighbors put out! In my neighborhood, this has become so popular that you have to be quick or someone else will get them!

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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