• Landscaping/Creating Privacy in Clay Soil

    I live in a 10 year old subdivision 90 min N- E of Toronto. (50 km North of Lake Ontario).  The back yard faces the West and is approx 60′ wide X 30′ deep. (width goes along back of house…

  • (1) Leaves still on the Trees and Shrubs (2) Cutting back Perennials in Fall

    Because of an early frost,in October, most of the trees and shrubs never lost their leaves. My questions: 1. Is this a problem? If so, what can I do? 2. A separate issue is when to cut back he stalks…

  • Camperdown Weeping Elm

    Leaf Miner and dead branches pruned out. Always used Cygon 2. Think no longer available. 2 methods add ring around trunk or my choice was TSP full around the drip line spaced out. 1 Tea spoon of Cygon for every…

  • Walnut Tree – Potential Problem

    Hello! I have extensive gardens around my house, which I bought 3 years ago. I removed all the grass on the property, and instead landscaped with perennials, shrubs and small trees. The neighbour behind my house has a small shed…

  • Lollipop-Style Mid Size Evergreen for Back yard

    Anything you can suggest for evergreen with lollipop shape of 2 m bare trunk at the bottom and 4 -6 m max mature height in full sun, clay soil, rather dry. Probably one of the pines fits this description, but…

  • Fig Tree Maintenance in Toronto

    I was lucky enough to buy a house with a mature fig tree, but had no chance to inquire about maintenance. Noticed some pictures with burlap wrapping in winter and some heavy pruning on old and new branches as well.…

  • Watering Needs for Trees

    How is watering needs for a tree determined? It seems that the European beech tree in the neighbour’s front yard soaks up a lot of water, from the lawn. How would the balance between the tree and lawn, in watering…

  • Orchid Bark Mix for Repotting

    Hello TMG, I’m so glad this site exists. I am having some trouble finding orchid bark mix to repot two of my phalaenopsis orchids. All of the major stores I go to (Canadian Tire, Home Depot) seem to have the…

  • Growing an Oak Tree in a Pot

    Hi, I’d like to grow an oak tree next month for my daughter’s first birthday (her name means Oak tree in Irish). We live in a condo facing southwest, and eventually would like to move to a house. Is it…

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