Hardy ground cover needed

I live in a rented house in Toronto. The south facing backyard is in sun/shade. It had grass but now it’s mostly mud thanks to two dogs using it. I need to plant an inexpensive, hardy, self-renewing ground cover that…

Leaf covering for the winter

…..we have placed garden leaves over our flower beds for the winter for the first time and we are wondering when would be the ideal time to remove them to the benefit of the wee beasties below ??………

Can I wish for grass in this yard?

Hi there! We are currently looking into buying a home and fell in love with one…except for its backyard :-/ We were wondering if we can hope to have grass in there if we give it a little love, or…

Manure as a deterent? –

I’ll do anything to discourage the critters visiting the yard, since I see their footprints, and their body hair shedding. I’m sure a racoon dragged a bag of stale bread under the back stairs, as a hideaway, from a neighbour’s…

Lawn nutrition before snow cover returns

With our lawns in west Toronto temporarily green with the recent warm spell, is there anything amendments we can make before spring, for winter? It’s hard to believe but the Canada Blooms show is just 120 days away. Thank you.…

Leaves from chemically treated lawns

I’ve been sheet mulching (cardboard then soil) a few flower beds for spring on/over parts of my front lawn. I want to further cover them with fallen leaves but I’m finding myself a bit low on leaves this year (we…

Mystery Plant

We have a strange plant in our yard that we have not been able to identify. It’s growing in Richmond Hill (GTA) in sun. It just started to flower? in early October and produced the purple things at the top…

Grass seed

If grass seed is old will it still germinate?…

My lawn is dead

I live in Toronto n my lawn this year is not looking good at all ! Please help me. I am also thinking if possible to plant an alternative to grass and I will not have to pay to someone…

12-3/4” Caterpillar Eating Creeping Jenny

A grey/green with a dark stripe, 3/4” long caterpillar has decimated my Creeping Jenny in just a few days. When I pick them off they form a tiny ball which I then destroy. Have you….. Suggestions…other than hand picking? Is…