• Black aphids on japanese maple

    Hello, I’m in Toronto with a west facing garden (full afternoon sun) that has a 4ft japanese (waterfall) maple. I planted it last summer, and it came back this spring very healthy. But today, I noticed swarms of small black…

  • mosquito breeding prevention

    In a 6’by4′ plastic pond, is it possible to prevent mosquitos breeding by putting in a few drops of bleach daily? Or is that Summit Dunks, (B. th) I think they are called on line- more expensive though- and meant…

  • Fruit Trees

    We have a plum tree,a wild and sweet cherry tree,and recently purchased a pear tree.I do not want to spray the trees with any insecticide.Is there anything else I can do to help keep the fruit from getting all buggy?Appreciate…

  • Japanese beetles

    Last year I had a lot of trouble with Japanese beetles.  I have some large ornamental cherries in my yard which I think attract them and they were eating all my roses.  This year I am going to take out…

  • Pear Tree

    In the last 2 years my pear tree has had its leaves covered with orange discolouring and no pears are produced. Tiny mites are visible.  Other trees in the neighbourhood have been affected.  Can the tree be saved and/or cured…

  • Looking for a non-toxic pest control for edible plants

    What is a non-toxic method for dealing with pests on edible crops such as strawberries, melons, blueberries, winter squash and haskaps?…

  • Dwarf Alberta Spruce black stems

    Hi, this is truly the worst year for problems with plants in my garden…My Dwarf Alberta Spruce all of a sudden developed blackening of the stems and I had to remove some branches. It looks like a pest or a…

  • Burrow holes in garden

    Hello, I am concerned about burrow holes we have been finding in our garden, typically at the base of shrubs and near garden walls.  What animal might make the size and type of burrow in the garden?  We want to…

  • Aphids on cilantro

    How can I get rid of the aphids on my cilantro?…

  • Spinach problems

    My spinach came up nicely, but all the plants have tuned yellow and are wilting.  What’s happening?…