• Tree Options for Front Lawn

    Good Evening, I am trying to decide on a tree for my front lawn and have narrowed it down to two, but am definitely open to other options. I live in the city of Toronto. The soil ...

  • Pruning an apple tree whip

    Hello Master Gardeners, This past summer I posted a question on what to do with an apple tree seedling over its first winter because I wasn't sure whether to bring it inside. I received a response saying I should ...

  • Vimy Oak

    We have been given a Vimy Oak - one of the small number of seedlings from grand-acorns (offspring) of oaks that used to cover Vimy Ridge in France. After the battle of Vimy Ridge (1917), a Canadian ...

  • Trimming Outdoor Cactus

    We have an outdoor cactus of the Escobaria or Coryphantha and Opuntia variety (http://cwf-fcf.org/en/resources/encyclopedias/flora/cacti-of-canada.html) We have had this cactus for quite a few years, but it has now spread onto our patio. I want to keep the cactus, ...

  • Eastern Redbud or other flowering tree?

    Hello! I am on the landscaping committee for a condo in downtown Toronto, and the Board is looking into planting 2 – 3 ornamental trees as part of a rejuvenation project. They have considered flowering cherries to start, ...

  • Slender Sweetgum Tree – didn’t change colours or lose leaves in fall

    Hello, We recently planted 5 Slender Silhouette Sweetgum trees in our backyard. They were put in at the beginning of October. The leaves did not change colour over the last few weeks to the typical brilliant fall colours these trees usually ...

  • Catalpa Tree

    Next door are several large Catalpa trees and every year they have these large pods that drop and sometimes hit people walking by. This year there are no pods. Why are there no pods?

  • Fragrant sumac – autumn foliage

    I planted a Fragrant Sumac this past spring and was hoping to see the foliage turn scarlet but its the Santa Claus parade and the leaves are still green! We are mid-town and it gets full sun.

  • To rake or not to rake?

    Hi there, I keep reading that in the fall it's best to chop up leaves and spread them as a mulch over your garden bead. However I have a horrible aphid problem so I have always raked up and ...

  • Wrapping Alberta spruce for winter

    I have an Alberta spruce (I think it is); almost 30 years old; 5 ft. tall in southern Ontario. It faces south/east. I added compost this summer. Dry conditions. Also gets affected by winter snow and ice. ...

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