• How to deal with blight on Kerria japonica

    The caller had observed ‘rust’ patches on the stems of Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’ in a client’s garden which he suspected was a form of blight. The ends of some stems were wilted.  He asked whether he should prune affected stems…

  • Pruning magnolia tree

      A saucer magnolia tree, ,about 20 years old,  has cracks at its base and on limbs. Can the limbs be pruned to help the tree regenerate? It blooms well each year.…

  • Pruning floral fairy roses

    Hello I was wondering if all these dead leaves will fall off this rose bush or should I take them off. There are buds everywhere. I will prune some but wondering if these leaves should be taken off as well.…

  • When to Prune Oakleaf Hydrangea

      I have a 7 ft tall Oakleaf Hydrangea Hedge that has become too large and wide at the side of my driveway. It is obstructing getting the car into and out of the garage. When can I prune it?…

  • Carol Mackie daphne

    I live in New Lowell Ontario I have a beautiful mature daphne in front of my living room window but I think it is too big for that spot. It has morning sun and afternoon house shade. I would like…

  • Pruning Mature White Cedar Trees

    I live in Toronto. My back yard has a hedge of 40-50 ft. white cedar trees. The branches have spread 6-8 feet from the truck. I would like to prune the branches back to 4 feet. Will this harm the…

  • Overwintering ferns

    I am keeping my ferns in the basement for the winter. Should I trim the ferns back while inside during the winter?…

  • Cleaning up clematis

    My 12 year old clematis is deep purple in colour and blooms in spring. It grows up the side of my house, but the bottom is a tangled mess of dead stems/bush under all the new growth. How do I…

  • Money Tree

    I have a 4 year old Money Tree that is a bit on the large side.I was wondering how do I tame it, or minimize it.As you can see it’s close to 5ft tall. It stands on a 18 inch…

  • Pruning a hydrangea tree

    When and how does one prune these? I have two at the entrance to my home. They are the type with a long trunk and branches just near the top. They become top heavy in rain and snow and have…