• Amending Clay Soil

    Hello, I’m writing from southern Manitoba, Canada. Our zone is a warm 3 and we have very sticky clay soil. We’ve been working it for 5 years now, and we’re still having a lot of trouble getting a proper yield…

  • Mulching around a tree surrounded by stone concrete

    Hello we live in Toronto. We have a white Lilac tree in front of our property. It is surrounded by an~ 8×8 foot patch of grass, which is surrounded on all sides by stone or concrete. We would like to…

  • Clay Soil

    I bought annuals and mostly perennials and was wondering if I can use clay soil as the “base soil” (if there is such a term) and then place the seeds on top of the clay soil and then use a…

  • Cedar hedges

    I have over a hundred feet of cedar hedges in a climate zone 5. The hedge is about 7 feet and is many years old. I have it trimmed annually …usually in June. Should I remove old leaves, pine needles…

  • Not as Much from Mulch as I was hoping….

    I’ve recently attempted to mulch over some parts of a back garden which I don’t wish to use this year. I turned the soil, then placed newspaper down and mulch on top. I still see weeds popping through. This amazes…

  • 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?…

  • Mulching a Garden For the Season

    My mother adored her garden and the visiting occasional exotic bird along with the regulars – squirrels, birds and unwelcome cats and racoons.  She passed away last fall, and I’d like to skip the year of gardening or more.  It…

  • Ugly brown spots on oak leaves, I think it is galls of some kind

    I would like to chop up some oak leaves and use as mulch in the Rhodo… acidic bed, but with lots of the leaves covered with brown spots, will I be spreading a disease?…

  • Winter Protection for Japanese Maple

    Last year I was advised to put mulch around my Japanese maple to protect it over winter.  It seemed to succeed. This year I am going to do the same thing but when should I apply the mulch? Before or…

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