• White Pine Aphid Treatment

    Hi, I have a 10-year-old, 16-foot white pine in my backyard. It has been doing fine for most of its life, but in the last two years has taken large amounts of damage from a heavy infestation of white pine…

  • My “mini palm” has mites

    My “mini palm” looks like it has mites – I have sprayed it with a weak soapy solution, but it doesn’t seem to be helping.…

  • Frangipani tree has bugs; will cutting it back affect blooming next year

    There are bugs on my Frangipani tree and I’m cutting off the tips with a knife to get rid of them.  Having done this, will I get blooms this coming year?…

  • Butterfly/bee gardens

    Would conditions in a small churchyard in downtown Toronto be suitable to attract butterflies and bees? The space faces north, is bordered by buildings on three sides and a busy road on the fourth, and gets about 3-4 hours of…

  • Emerald Ash Waste Disposal

    Is it safe to take fall ash leaves from the Toronto area to the Barrie area for composting purposes as there are some dead ash trees in my neighbourhood? I believe that the Emerald Ash Borer is likely within the…

  • Can anyone identify this translucent garden slug?

    Hello We took this photo of what appears to be a completely transparent slug on a leaf of the burning bush in a garden in Uxbridge, Ontario Canada. The leaves of this tree aren’t large, so the “slug” is about…

  • Ant infestation

    My lawn which is very thin (newly seeded) is covered in sand. The ants appear to building nests and are digging out the sand. This is the first time I have seen this problem. The ants are very tiny and…

  • Japanese Beetles

    What can be done against Japanese beetles in Toronto, Ontario. They damage fruit trees and roses.…

  • Insects

    Earwigs in soil?…

  • ladybugs and fig tree fruit

    I am writing to ask for some ideas on how to address the problem of ladybugs eating the ripened figs from our fig trees. Last autumn most of the fruit of our fig trees was eaten just before it became…

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