• Cedar Hedge

    Our cedar hedge is approximately 15 feet high. In late summer 2014 we had a tree company trim it. I believe they cut it back more than necessary. It is stressed but slowly coming back. We water it in dry…

  • Roses – spring clean up

    When can I uncover the roses from the top cover of hay and bags around them and add my compost around them for a better growth? And also my daphne bush?…

  • mulch

    I have two questions. The first is, I have black cedar mulch on my garden at the moment that I put on in the spring. One person has told me I should remove that every fall. But I’ve also read…

  • Clay Soil Removed from Garden

    Good Day. I have read through the previous questions and answers on this topic but none are quite the same as my situation. I have just planted a small redbud tree. To do so I dug over 3 ft into…

  • Hicks Yew reprise

    Thank you so much for getting back to me! When the yew was planted there wasn’t any new soil introduced. My question is, can I now dig maybe a 3 ft. trough around it introducing as you recommended compost and…

  • White fly treatment and worm castings

    I have a hibiscus that came indoors for the winter and became infested with white flies.  I prefer organic measures but broke down and sprayed it with Safers End All which DID NOT help in the slightest, despite constant application. …

  • Planting a ground cover in a root zone

    Hello! I’m hoping you can help me. I have two lindens at the side of my house in downtown Toronto under which is moderately compacted soil and debris from my recent renovation. And under one of the trees the soil…

  • adding compost to areas that are already mulched

    Can I add compost on top of the mulch, natural cedar I think or should I remove the mulch first?…

  • Is there any advantage to using fallen leaves instead of chopped straw in my compost?

    I like to make sure I have a good ratio of green and brown matter in my compost. I have access to a lot of straw but I wonder if there is an advantage to using fallen leaves instead. Is…

  • Ants in compost

    I dug out some soil from my compost heap and discovered its full of little ants.  What can I do to get rid of them in the compost before putting in my window boxes at the front of the house. …

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