Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

When a Tree Dies in an Inhabited Area…

décembre 1Call an arborist and have it removed. You can’t leave a dead tree standing in an urban or suburban environment: the risk to others and property are too great. And under no circumstances should you try to cut down a tree yourself. A tree does not always fall where it is intended and, as it falls, may damage private property (house, outbuilding, car, garden structure, etc.) or cause injury to people. Every year there are people who are seriously injured or even killed while trying to cut down trees. Let me repeat that: cutting down a tree is a job for a professional arborist!

On the other hand, in a more natural environment, let dead trees stand. They serve as shelter for a variety of animals (woodpeckers, owls, flying squirrels, etc.) and even when they do fall on their own, continue to serve the forest community, nourishing the soil as they decompose and serving as nursery area for several specialized plants.

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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