Report Sightings of the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has issued an alert regarding this invasive species. The Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is not a fly, but a planthopper. Found recently in the US, Spotted Lanternfly has NOT been detected…

Start Managing the 2019 Magnolia Scale Population Now

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has posted a notice advising homeowners that magnolia scale females have recently given birth to live young, and these tiny, dark crawlers have ventured out to feed on twigs. When the…

Free Gardening Advice at the CNE

Got a gardening question? Going to the Ex? Master Gardeners will host an Advice Clinic at the CNE daily, from opening day Friday August 17th to CNE close on Monday September 4th. Trained Master Gardeners will be available to answer…

Black Edges on Young Pear Leaves No Cause for Alarm

OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) has just released an advisory on this subject. They report  that this year, as in 2016, black marginal necrosis  is appearing on the newest growth of pear (Pyrus) trees.  In 2016,…

Carry a Bucket; Save a Tree

The past few weeks of extreme heat coupled with lack of rain is putting urban trees at risk. Do help the trees along streets, in parks and in your own yard by giving them a much needed drink of water.…

Garden Alert: Harmful Beetles Active

Japanese Beetle adults are starting to emerge now, soon to be followed by European Chafer beetles.  Look for these shiny green and copper beetles feeding on grapes, roses and other flowers. Where possible, knock adult beetles into a bucket of…