• Ground cover

    Please suggest a ground cover for a shady area. My husband’s grave is in Mt Pleasant Cemetery, and they have advised me that I may plant a similar-circle in front of the headstone. I would like it to be green…

  • What is it? Growing among Sedges, but has Grass characteristics?

    It is a light green and soft to touch. The stems grow along the ground, and not up. The stems have alternating leaves and seed head also appears like a grass, It is spreading from above the soil, and not…

  • Ground cover for erosion control in shady ravine

    Hi there, My yard backs onto a ravine in Cliffcrest just near the Scarborough Bluffs (but not on the Bluff). I’m looking for a recommendation for a low maintenance, shade tolerant ground cover that could help control erosion on an…

  • Weeding question

    Please suggest ways to get rid of weeds growing in a pathway, without using a synthetic weedkiller. I’ve heard of homemade concoctions that might work ?…

  • Removal of “Fish Mint” Houttuynia cordata

    My mother has planted, in the back yard,  “Houttuynia cordata ‘Chameleon'”, I think is the name. It’s also called Fish Mint, but please refer to the image to clarify. It is a spade-shaped leafed mint, which is invading all of…

  • Replacing Dog-strangling vine with local plants

    I have a large infestation of DSV and have started digging it out.  The question that I have is this: what can I plant in the large empty areas, 3-4 square metres each, to inhibit or prevent the re-growth of…

  • Nothing grows under our silver maple

    Hello, we live in Milton, ON where we have a good sized backyard with most areas receiving sun. We grow a lot of vegetables and berries with a lot of success. That said, in one corner of our yard, encompassing…

  • Lawn repair

    Can you give me some tips on overseeing and repairing a lawn. I Iive in Etobicoke , have sandy soil and a lot of trees. some areas get 3-4. Hours of sun in the summer. I have Manitoba maples …2…

  • Shady Area Lawn

    Our backyard has a large black locust tree which provides a lot of shade over an area where we’d like to put down sod or grass. Can you give us any tips or guidelines to determine whether grass will grow…

  • Front entrance garden

    I am trying to find a flower, ground cover (not shrub) to grow at my front entrance.  I live in a very treed area and although the garden faces west there is limited sunlight.  The soil is very sandy and…

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