• Is it too late to prune my mature cedar hedge?

    We didn’t do it earlier in the year and my garden helper really wants to do it now. But I am worried that it might be too late.…

  • Pruning overgrown smoke bush

    This bush is in very good condition but needs to be pruned. It was lightly pruned about 2 years ago but it is very large now – about 15 ft high and 10 ft wide. I have seen advice on…

  • Black spot on Rose Bush

    I have Black Spot on one of my rose bushes and wondered what to do to treat this?  …

  • Roses not as bountiful this year – why?

    This year my roses don’t have as many blooms and the ones they have are not as big?  Why is this?…

  • Yucca plant: when can I cut back dried branches

    I have a large Yucca plant, and most of the branches are strong. It’s now about 7 or 8 years old, grows indoors, and is planted in a large pot about 35cm in diameter. But some of the lower branches…

  • Hedge trimming times

    What is the best time of year to trim a (swamp?) cedar hedge (in Scarborough)? We would like to trim it in August if possible, but we don’t want to ruin the hedge either.…

  • rose of sharon bush

    when is best time to trim rose of sharon and how much can you take off. Mine is rather large and I am tempted to cut it well back?…

  • Bartlett pear tree – fruit buds dropping off early every year.

    Hi.I live in Toronto and have 2 pear trees, one about 13 years old, and the other around 15 years old. They are about 4 ft. apart.  Each year I get lots of blossoms, and after the blossoms have dropped…

  • Beauty Bush

    Partial sun – SW corner of yard which is fenced in. Topped up with compost annually. This year we had few blossoms but amazing growth of new wood so the shape is hidden with new growth. We usually prune after…

  • Aggressive Ivy in Garden

    Hi There, I have boston ivy, virginia creeper and euonymous growing on my fences and they have been spreading across my lawn until there is almost no grass left. I cannot do much about the vines on the fence (as…