Growth on Smoke Tree – Help

I have a smoke tree in my small back yard. It’s about 20 years old. This spring I notice many black growths on branches (see picture). The tree is in a corner that is shaded, although the tree stretches up…

Wisteria has White Fungus

Thank you so much for your quick response. Here is what the fungus looks like. On closer inspection, I do see a bit of yellow/orangeish colouring, but I believe that to be ‘weathering’ rather the colour of the fungus. I…

Northern Lights Azalea Hybrids Caterpillar Pest

I have a number of evergreen azaleas, deciduous azaleas and rhododendrons growing in our front and back yards. The deciduous azaleas, especially my Northern Hi-Light, are all troubled by a green caterpillar which eats the leaves and flowers. The damage…

Flicked Butts and Gardens

This morning I heard of Toronto’s campaign launch countering cigarette butt discarding to reduce litter, since butts can take a decade to decompose. I heard, to my surprise, that these can be used to counter insects in gardens. Is there…

Pyramidal oak

We have a pyramidal oak tree about 35′ and probably about 20 – 30 years old in Scarborough, full sun, clay/loam. Over the last 4 years it is developing more and more drooping, some minor limbs and two large groups…

Boxwood Blight

Is there a treatment for boxwood blight? I have three affected shrubs, not dead but definitely diseased.…

How to Eliminate Bindweed from my Garden

Hi there, I currently reside at the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto. In the past few years, we have been fighting a losing battle with bind weed. This weed is in a flower bed that is in full sun all day.…

White Spots on Rhodo Leaves

IMG_2237.JPG The leaves on my dwarf rhododendron have little white spots. What is the cause and how do I treat it?…

Tree Damage by Squirrels

The snow has melted, and I find ample tree branch clippings around the bases of my trees, in particular Evergreen. They have been pruned off by the squirrels. I noticed a comment here about using Skoot as a deterrent. It…