• Pruning a pagoda dogwood

    Can I prune a pagoda dogwood now (ie in June) or do I have to wait until next spring? The perennials planted below are being badly shaded and I wanted to remove the lower branches.…

  • Hydrangea Help!

    Our beautiful hydrangea tree, which is 10 years old and a stunner every year, is shedding leaves. They are turning yellow and have green splotches and black dots on them. This has never happened before. We think the tree may…

  • Are leafhoppers common on Rising Sun Redbud

    I have this tiny long green insect (about 3mm) on the underside of my Rising Sun Redbud leaves. From my research, it appears to look very similar to a leafhopper. Are leafhoppers common on Redbuds and in Ontario. What would…

  • Tree Health After Paving

    Hi – I recently renovated my backyard and now I have stone pavers/mulch surrounding my 2 trees. It wasn’t until I finished it that I read about ‘mulch volcanoes’ and keeping the root flare exposed. I tried to dig as…

  • Mother-Daughter Gardens. A bond, a comfort and a continuation.

    My mum, really misses her garden and I’m going my best to keep her magical world alive, despite the move to a retirement home. Mum, just moved into a retirement home near me. She was responsible for creating a garden…

  • Dying Emerald Cedars

    I’ve had three different sets of emerald cedars die, I’m talking about 30 of them each time. All planted by a long-standing professional landscaper, who is also puzzled. Proper watering, planting depth, etc. have been followed and even modified to…

  • Is this plant invasive?

    Hi, I’ve attached a photo of a plant that has spread from my neighbour’s yard to mine. Can you identify it, and if it’s invasive how can I get rid of it or at leastcontrol its spread? Thank you.…

  • Weeping Pussy Willow Tree

    I live in a downtown Toronto highrise, 11th floor, facing South — so lots of light and sun. I bought a Weeping Pussy Willow tree (15 inches tall) about 6 weeks ago. I kept it indoors initially and it immediately…

  • Cutting back lilac flowers

    Hi there: Is it okay to trim last year’s lilac flowers in May/June being careful not to cut out new blooms in Eastern Ontario? I have regular lilacs and bloomerang lilacs.…

  • saskatoon berry (Amelanchier alnifolia) over sewer line?

    Hi there – We live in a fairly typical old house in Toronto. Last spring, we planted a saskatoon berry shrub (Amelanchier alnifolia) in our front yard, then learned it is basically positioned over the sewer line. Is the root…

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