• Growing an evergreen tree in the shade for privacy

    HI I wish to be able to grow a fast growing evergreen tree, but it will be in the shade. This is in order to gain privacy from the deck belonging to the property behind me. I have clay soil.…

  • Cedar Boughs – Can they be used as Mulch?

    After pruning a living fence of Eastern White Cedar (Thuja), is there anything I can do with the branches?  Are these prunings OK to use for mulch on young maple trees?    …

  • Spring Mulching

    I live in southern Etobicoke and would like to know the best time to mulch so that weeds will not have a chance to grow this year. Ours is a south-facing garden surrounded on two sides by a hedge. The…

  • Mulching During Winter?

    Mulching During Winter? What happens if mulching is done during winter, since we’ve had so little snowcover during this GTA winter? Specifically, if I add mulch on top of any weeds remaining from the past spring/summer/fall, will the remaining weeds…

  • Mulch Placed Around Trees

    I see increasing evidence of volcano type mounds of mulch being placed around tree of all sizes and ages. I would appreciate having your opinion on the subject.…

  • Planting in a ravine location

    Hello. I wish to plant a honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) along my backyard chain link fence which borders a ravine. I am going to clear a corner that has been taken over by ravine plants. What can I do to try…

  • Rhododendron Mist Maiden

    Hi My 3 year old rhododendron Mist Maiden is looking very yellow and looks stressed. I have added peat and food at the beginning of the season. It did not bloom (most of my Rhodos didn’t bloom this year.) but…

  • Using Dead Cedar Foliage as Mulch

    I am confused about the uses of fallen cedar foliage. My neighbor and I share a boundary cedar hedge (7 foot high, 20+ years old, zone 5, semi-arid climate, clay soil). The hedge is healthy and drops the normal amount…

  • Green branches growing in the middle of the trunk of red leaves tree

    Hello. I have a red leafed tree in my front yard . I don’t know the name of the tree. It was there when I bought the house. For the last few years there are few green leafed branches growing…

  • tiny front garden ideas

    Hello, My front is a just 18″ deep and about 10 feet long – it was once just concrete but we have recently removed it and placed a wooden barrier around it. The house is south facing so I am…

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