• Grass Alternative by sidewalk

    Hi there I have a patch of grass, this is section of lawn that is between the curb and sidewalk. This patch as well sits on the property line between my neighbor and I. The grass I can't be bothered anymore. I'm ...

  • Growing Under a Norway Maple

    My friends have a Norway Maple in their north facing backyard (North Toronto, clay soil, medium moisture). They love the shade but are having problems growing plant materials underneath because of this tree. I think the main challenge is the ...

  • Yard Grading

    My backyard fence line is the highest point of the yard, which grades towards the house. The back fence is one-half raised vegetable bed with peonies, a Japanese maple and ground cover to one side, and dwarf lilac, euonymus grafted ...

  • Grubs Harming Grass

    I am going to need to replace my complete front lawn. We have just purchased a house from an elderly gentleman who had not been able to do battle with grubs over the last couple of years. There is not ...

  • Ground Cover Heavy Traffic and Children/Play

    Hi, I want to replace our grass in the front yard. We have plans for a wildflower garden, possibly some small shrubs, and near the front I'd like to have a low 'grassy' area that we can sit and play on, ...

  • Grass Seed

    Good afternoon, I heard someone from Toronto Botanical speak on CBC Radio a few ago. He submitted an email address for questions but I missed it. I have a dog who sometimes pees in our small backyard. The pee kills the grass. ...

  • Dealing with crab grass in a wildflower garden

    Hi, My wife and I recently purchased a house in East York (Toronto) and decided to remove the turf in our front lawn and plant a wildflower garden. We removed all of the grass in late spring, tilled the soul multiple ...

  • Chinch Bugs

    My lawn is severely damaged by chinch bugs. Is it too late in the season to apply some pesticide? What kind of pesticide do you recommend? Will Teper

  • Turning lawn into groundcover and perennial softscape

    Hi, I started removing the grass/weed from my small front yard, and will add manure and leave it fallow over winter. Would it be a good idea to cover the yard with landscape fabric to help prevent erosion, and make it ...

  • Weeds and Pests

    Hello, I am writing from Ottawa (zone 5). We bought our home last fall and found this summer that both the front and back yards had been severely neglected for many years (the previous owners were an elderly couple who ...

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