• White fungus? on soil

    Hi, I am trying to grow basil from seed and about a week ago shoots appeared. When the soil in the pot got dry, I watered it but now a strange white film, which I am guessing is fungus, has…

  • Cherry Tree Disease – Canker

    I have a cherry tree (Stella).  Its 14 years old and I’ve found out it has canker.  One is pretty significant and another two are on the branch collar of the lowest branches.  Can you tell me what I should…

  • White spots on Orchid soil

    There are white spots in the soil and on the roots of my moth orchid?  What are they and how do I get rid of them?…

  • Emerald green cedar turning brown

    My landscaper planted several 6-feet cedar last year. Three browned and died. He replaced them last April. Now the same three start to brown again. I watered them everyday in the summer to make sure they are not dry. The…

  • African violets

    I have had success in growing african violets in small pots on the kitchen sink window ledge, but some of them kept getting white fuzzy spots on the leaves a few years ago. It does not seem to harm their…

  • Sterilizing wooden containers

    I have containers made of pine with hardwood bases. What is the best way to sterilize the pine wood and hardwood in the containers so that any fungus harboured in the wood (we had early blight last summer for the…

  • Spinach problems

    My spinach came up nicely, but all the plants have tuned yellow and are wilting.  What’s happening?…

  • Clematis problem

    My clematis plants appear to be dying part of the vine is brown and crisp other parts of the vine are  green and blooming. What should I do?        …

  • Scale on my Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’?

    I have a 17 year old Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’, sometimes called Harry Lauder’s walking stick. It has always been very healthy, earlier this fall I noticed several dead branches, on closer inspection I can see bumps on the branches. The…

  • New sod has problems

    We laid new sod last summer in our semi-shady back yard, on new soil.  This spring saw a lush growth spurt, but then holes appeared, getting worse during the summer, and the grass turned brown, suggesting grub infestation. For the…

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