• backyard garden

    We have a garden running around perimeter of backyard. However, we find it gets very muddy, and collects large puddles after rain. This makes dog cleanliness challenging. Is there a suggested material to place on surface of soil that might…

  • Garlic

    I planted my garlic in mid October this year.  I noticed, because of the mild weather Toronto has experienced in November and December, my garlic is 6 inches tall already. What can I do? Should I mulch heavily to stop…

  • mulch

    I have two questions. The first is, I have black cedar mulch on my garden at the moment that I put on in the spring. One person has told me I should remove that every fall. But I’ve also read…

  • Weed suppresion

    We are in Oshawa. We have several good sized perennial beds with decent loamy soil – well amended. They got a little out of control last summer, largely because I was away during prime gardening season. This year we dug…

  • mulch purpose.

    Hi –  I was wondering what is the purpose of using mulch around the trees? i don’t usually put it around but some of my neighbours do. Thanks a lot.…

  • 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…

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