• Erosion Prevention

    I’m in Zone 4b and want to help sustain a bank from further erosion & loss of large trees with exposed hanging roots.. At bottom of bank is very small creek (about 20 feet down). There’s not ...

  • Pruning Hydrangea paniculata ’Renhy’

    Northern NY. Harsh winter on the St. Lawrence River. Tree has survived and thrived one winter. It is full of blossoms and we are leaving for the winter next week. Do we cut off the blossoms before we ...

  • Redbud Forest Pansy Leaf Colour

    We planted a new redbud forest pansy and the red leaves turned dark green in summer. Can't remember that happening with our old redbud. Is this common? The soil is triple mix and clay and the exposure is on ...

  • Persimmon Spots on Bark

    I'm in Toronto and planted a persimmon 3 years ago. The main stem was broken twice and now it's bushy. How should I prune it? More importantly, what are the orange spots? 2 3" new shoots are ...

  • Single Stem Jacquemontii Birch

    Hello -- I've checked all the local nurseries and online, and I can't find single stem, high branching Jacquemontii birch trees anywhere...except one online store that lists them for $300 each, which is far outside my budget. They ...

  • Hosta Pests

    I have quite a few Hostas in my yard located under a tree canopy; they grow very well but at the end of the summer they always seem to get holes in the leafs. I thought it might ...

  • Serviceberry Tree

    I read through your many responses regarding newly planted service berry trees and some of my questions were answered but I have attached a picture of a leaf from my tree that was planted in July. I've ...

  • Planting under a French Ivory Lilac Tree

    I created a flower bed under a French Ivory Lilac Tree. I cleared the grass and put in a foot and a half of triple mix soil. I planted hostas, bleeding hearts, Jacob's ladder, coral bells in ...

  • Star Magnolia

    Hi! I just bought a magnolia shrub from Home Depot, it is 2 ft tall, says on the label, star magnolia. I am very excited, to plant in the front of our house, a city property, by the side ...

  • Yews Grown in Containers

    Hi, I live in downtown Toronto. I'm wondering if Hicks Yew can be grown and withstand winter in a free standing planter? The location is a mix of sun and shade.