• New Hedge Plants in Victoria – Mulching and Irrigation

    We’ve planted new plants against the east property line fence, which is sunny in the afternoon and evening. Question: we are going to mulch the new hedge emerald cedars with shredded western bark and use a soaker hose to irrigate.…

  • Japanese Maple With Swollen Trunk

    Hello, I have a red, bloodgood ,Japanese maple tree that is about 15 years old, and 14 ft. in height. There is a swelling around it’s trunk, about a foot above ground, with some small vertical cracks in the bark…

  • Replacing old Fairview Yews

    Hi, I have 7 Overgrown and out of shape Fairview Yews in my front yard. We would like to replace them – planning to dig them out, add new soil and buy new plants. How different are Dense Yews from…

  • Growing ( yummy ) Nectarines in Tropical Countries close to the Equator

    I bought some Mega Expensize & Ultra-Delicious Nectarines some weeks ago, ate them and collected the pits ( intentionally, to grow them! ) I live in the Tropics with Temperature of 30-31° C (average ) in sunny days and sometimes…

  • Beech hedges

    I sent this question some weeks ago after reading your article Please can you tell me where I can by Beech for hedging in bundles not trees I can get trees almost anywhere they sell trees. I want the seedlings…

  • 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…