• Compost, manure + mulch

    We own a farm, near Nobleton, Ontario. We have access to large quantities of materials to make our own compost. We use fruit and vegetable and plants materials only (never egg shell, or meat scraps), as well as yard waste, …

  • Termites and mulch

    I have very sandy soil in the backyard of my new home – it needs lots of organic matter. Normally a pine mulch would be good but because I’m in a termite area, I’ve been advised to stay away from…

  • Leaf mulch

    I was going to make some leaf mulch with the leaves that I’ve gathered from my front yard. I was going to layer the leaves with city compost (5 ” of leaves to 1/2″ of compost) in a large old…

  • Cedar mulch safe around my fruit trees and berry bushes?

    Can I use cedar mulch around these plants? Will creosote be an issue?…

  • Leaf mulch

    This past winter I used fallen leaves to spread over my flower and shrub beds as mulch. It doesn’t look very attractive now. Should I remove it entirely or just some of it and add in some other type of…

  • Weeds in the mulch

    I’m a fairly new gardener and this year, I graduated from purely annuals to perennials. I also put down mulch for the first time but for some reason, after it rains, I seem to have a thousand tiny weed heads…

  • Weed control

    Based on an actual survey, I spend about 6.3 % of my garden time planting and encouraging the plants I want, and the remaining 93.7 % discouraging the plants I do not want (weeds and invasives). I don’t want to…

  • Compacted clay soil

    I have mostly clay soil in my front and back gardens and despite amending it for the last couple of years and adding mulch in the spring and fall I still find after our long winters the soil hardens and…

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