Planting Narrow Space Along Retaining Wall.

#### **Current Situation:** 1. **Backyard Changes**: – my backyard used to have a downward slope, with the highest point being the last step of the deck, sloping down to the fence (a difference of about 2 feet). – I have…

Coral bells

Hi. I’m looking for a variety of coral bell with red or burgundy leaves that holds its red colour (or most of its red colour) in full shade throughout the season. The area receives about 3 hours of sun per…

Planting under Ailanthus

Hello Master Gardeners – I know your website has lots of information about the despised Tree of Heaven but I haven’t seen my particular issue addressed. There’s a huge Ailanthus (at least 50 ft tall) in a corner of my…

Creeping Dogwood Lawn Removal – Invasive Species

Hello, I would like to know if bunchberry or creeping dogwood a good ground cover for lawn that is mostly on the sunny side. Also, please provide a guideline/instruction as to how do I go about taking out the grass…

Hillside Lawn alternative

Hi folks, I live in the Rouge Hills area of Scarborough. The south side of my house has a steep hill. Unfortunately the grass seems to grow fairly well there and is very difficult to mow as I get older.…

Grass in full shade

Have checked out the Gardening Guides, but found no answer. We live in Port Hope on what used to be a dairy pasture. The soil is clay. We have stretches of lawn which are beneath maples, and they get little…

What Should I Be Planting In Ravine Garden?

CONTEXT: We back onto the Cedarvale Ravine. Our backyard feels like an extension of the ravine and we mostly like it that way, but last year we added an outdoor sauna set out to make the backyard a little friendlier…

ground cover

Hi, I have a large piece of land at the bottom of my backyard that won’t grow anything. It is very shady, on a slope so it is prone to being waterlogged, and the soil is clay. Could you please…

to mulch or not to mulch

Hi – I am redoing 3 garden beds, incorporating hydrangeas for the first time, and then sticking with the basics i.e. speedwell, lavender, phlox, echinacea, etc. I have been gardening for many years, but have never mulched. As I will…