• Neighbour’s Plants

    I would like to know what is the right (lawful) thing to do regarding plants/vines/trees that are planted in a neighbour’s property but that eventually lean over to my side of the fence. Do I have the right to prune…

  • Japanese Maple leaves are pale yellow

    This tree is located in the full sun for most the day. It is located in the North Toronto neighbourhood. The leaves were green last year but now those at the top of the tree and end of the branches…

  • Sparse growth on maple tree

    Attached are photos that further depict the problems I have with my maple tree that you addressed in a previous email. Small leaves with brown edges, small seed pods with brown, dead ends of twigs (no growth) and my tree…

  • Pruning a standard lilac tree

    Hi, I have an old standard lilac tree that is getting too big to hold up the branches with the flowers & leaves out. the tree is about 18 years old now….beautifully large round lollipop….but is now too heavy and…

  • Transplanting a 6 ft. Lilac

    I’d like to move a 6 ft. lilac to another part of my yard.  The current location is becoming more shady so the lilac is losing shape as it stretches to the light.  Is a 6 ft. lilac too big…

  • Transplanting a Japanese Maple

    How can I safely move a fairly mature Japanese maple tree?  This tree is unusual in that it is an amazing orange/yellow colour with a touch of red in the Fall and is really worth trying to keep.  It’s not…

  • 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…

  • lilac under a big tree

    I had a large tree removed this spring. Under it is a lilac bush which is growing, but is spindly and lacking vigour. What should I do?…

  • Why so many cones on the Dawn Redwood?

    I’d like to know why there are so many cones on the Dawn Redwood this year and how I tell the female cones from the male cones. I have three Dawn Redwoods in my front yard.…

  • new shade tree for backyard, tree type suggestion please

    Hello, I would like to plant a tree which would provide shade for our backyard and cover the unsightly stump (20′ approx) in our neighbour’s backyard. The white circle is the proposed tree location. The X is where the neighbour’s…