Cedar tree maintenance

Hello, I have recently purchased a house in Toronto with a small backyard. In 3 corners of the backyard leaning against the fence are 3 tall mature cedars (about 2 stories tall – they go higher than my second floor…

Prepping a shrub rootball for spring moving

Hi. I have two medium/large honeysuckles and a very large mugo pine that I’d like to dig up and relocate. I’d heard that it’s best to cut down into the roots at the canopy drip line in the fall… then…

Old Brick Planter

Hello Dear Master Gardener, Last year we moved to a 70 years old home in Toronto that is facing east. There is a huge brick planter in front of the home, about 3 feet tall, maybe 20 feet wide and…

Mature Cedar Turning Yellow

Hi I have mature cedars which are suddenly filled with Spider Web and Moth, I keep removing the spider webs and they keep coming back. I usually Fertilize them with 30-10-10 from April to Sep but I noticed this year…

The calcium content of different tree types

Hi there! My name is Baran, and I’m doing a project for my grade 12 chemistry class where I design my own lab experiment. I’m currently thinking about measuring the % purity of calcium carbonate in samples of wood ash…

Boxwood hedge – what to do with dead section

We have a huge old boxwood hedge, planted 40 odd years ago along the top edge of a stone wall. One end of it died this year and we carefully removed the dead branches. We cannot dig out the old…

Cost benefit – 8 globe cedars planted near house

I am in Humber Heights Toronto and I recently moved into a house with 8 globe cedars planted directly abutting the north wall. I am worried these might affect the foundation or cause water in the basement. To be safe,…

Dying Boxwoods

Hello , I came across your website , my boxwoods have really looked unhealthy this year & getting worst . I have been here 10 years and they have never been this bad . Is there something I can do…