• 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…

  • gardening shelved for 2014

    A family crisis caused me to let the garden go this summer. There are several rose bushes, peonies, mums, flox & hostas which have been neglected over a small area of 100 square feet, although the entire backyard of 450…

  • weather for the winter

    I am an urban gardener (and hobby beekeeper) at Bayview Sheppard area. I wonder if you have educated info on what our weather will be like this winter?…

  • Mulch and Grass Questions!

    Hello, I am a new gardener in the Toronto area with too many questions! I have a front plot with no grass that has a few plants in mulch/cedar chips. My question is how do I know when I need…

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