Ground cover to avoid erosion

Hello, I live in Etobicoke North M9W 2B4. My backyard is on a ravine and has a steep Slope. Also I am a quadriplegic (paralyzed from neck down) I am looking for some ground covering and/or plants/shrubs to keep the…

Replace lawn grass

I am looking for info on growing ‘Ruschia Nana’ but can’t locate anyone selling started plants in Ontario. Is it because it doesn’t tolerate our climate?…

Cedar Hedge and Grass

I live in east Toronto and have a small backyard with about 30 feet of cedar hedges. I’ve tried to lay sod twice and each time it “takes” for a while and then dries out and dies. There is a…

East York Back Lawn

Can I eliminate the lawn by just using black landscape fabric over it and bags of mulch? What low lying evergreens, that take minimal care, would you suggest as I am away a lot. Soil is essentially clay.…

Fescue lawn over-seeding

My lawn died last summer immediately after putting down a new grub repellant product…at least that’s how I account for it.  I reseeded in late September, fertilized in October and what I believe is a patchy tall fescue now covers…

Soil on sod?

Hello, We live near Avenue Rd and Eglinton. Our backyard is south facing, clay soil, 14′ wide x 32′ deep, and well shaded by huge neighbouring maple trees, our 2-story shed (previous owners built it), and our slowly dying Mountain…

wispy thin grass

Despite having fertilized my back lawn and overseeded over the past few years and aerated and watered, the individual blades of grass seems to be getting thinner and more wispy, There is a large honey locust in the yard, Any…

Lawn into Garden with Wood Chips

Good Morning, I have the opportunity to garden on my neighbors lawn this year. The area is 30×25, so I am planning on having 5×30 inch beds separated by walkways. The only problem is that I just got permission now,…

Clearing a garden bed of invasive grasses

Dear Master Gardener, We have a long, thin bed in front of our building that is south facing. On the north side of Sheppard avenue, Toronto. At the moment, there are weed grasses growing in it. We would like to…

Repairing a poorly planted lawn

I live in midtown Toronto and have a small, west-facing front lawn about 15 x 25 feet in size. The lawn gets plenty of sun in the afternoons. The lawn covers an area that used to be an interlocking brick…