• Hay Versus Straw for Mulch

    Under the perennials section at your Garden Guide link for cleaning up for fall, it states that hay can be used for mulch. Isn't hay used for horses, and straw for mulch? http://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/gardeningguides/putting-the-garden-to-bed-a-toronto-master-gardeners-guide/

  • Clay Soil

    Hello, I live in a house in Toronto with clayey soil. Recently some workers were burying a line and had to dig down about 3-4 feet, and they seem to have left the lower down soil on top. I have ...

  • Soil preparation and Planting

    Hello, I'm inquiring about proper soil preparation for planting the following: 1. yew hedge 2. japans maples 3. bobo hydrangea, 4. japanese blood grass, all gold hakoni grass, sunrise hosts, peonies, clematis etc. Our soil is layered as follows: 1. 5"- 9" of fresh triple mix on ...

  • Hicks Yew Hedges and Baltic Ivy

    Hi, We have a garden designed by a landscaper which calls for: 1. a 1ft tall yew hedge 2. a 3 ft tall yew hedge 3. a 4-5ft tall yew hedge - but want it to be not 3ft thickness, looking for a skinnier ...

  • Planting Perennials

    I live in downtown Toronto. The side of my house faces southeast. During the summer the brick radiates heat. I bought echinacea & Black-eyed Susan. I will plant them in dry/clay soil (I have topped it with black soil). Once ...

  • Misshapen Carrots

    In our community garden plots alot of carrots are misshapen. Our tomato plants also had brown leaves and branches after first fruit although some new growth with tomato came back.

  • How to Fix Clay Soil

    Hello, my backyard is full of clay soil, how can I fix it? I was thinking of mixing compost and fine sand into the soil to improve the soil condition and drainage.  

  • Orchid Bark Mix for Repotting

    Hello TMG, I'm so glad this site exists. I am having some trouble finding orchid bark mix to repot two of my phalaenopsis orchids. All of the major stores I go to (Canadian Tire, Home Depot) seem to have the soil ...

  • Cedar Trees

    My cottage is located at Amberley on Lake Huron - between Kincardine and Goderich. We sweep cedar "needles" together with sand from our decks. Would adding this sandy mixture to our vegetable garden in Listowel Ontario be a good idea?

  • Fungus on Mulch?

    Overnight the yellow fungus? appeared on new mulch under 2 similar plants. Do you know what it is and how to eliminate it?

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