Poor Patchy Lawn Remedies

Scarborough lawn, south facing but with a mix of sun and shade is patchy and not looking good. I usually over seed, but seem to still face problems. What steps can I take to rehabilitate the lawn this spring? Kill…

Native ground cover under large Maple tree

I have a small yard with a large maple tree, and I’d very much like to have some ground cover under it for my young child to play. I’ve tried all manner of sod, shade-grown grass seeds, adding topsoil, yet…

Creating a native garden

Hi there! I would really like to take the leap and naturalize (as much as possible) my front yard. I would like an organized “garden” look, but am hoping to introduce as many native species as possible. I have no…

Wide leaf aggressive grass/weed

I have several patches of some weed, which looks like grass or sedge and grows much faster than regular grass, has wide flat leaves and spreads quickly. I wonder which weed is this and how to try to eliminate it.…

Compacted soil under grass lawn

Hello, we have had difficulty growing grass for many years. We believe the issue stems from the earth being compacted. We have patches where the grass refuses to grow. The soil is baked solid. We do not have grubs nor…

nematodes and overseeding

Hello, I live in Toronto and we have some grub damage on our front and back lawns. It is Sept 23, ’23. Can we apply nematodes and then overseed right away or do we need to wait to overseed. We…

Next steps for grass growth after using tarp method

Hello: last year I was advised to use the plastic cover method to get rid of weeds which were overpopulating our back yard. A few weeks ago we removed it, prepared the soil and planted seeds which are now growing.…

Grubs in grass and garden

Skunks and/or raccoons are digging up lawn or tossing sod to get to grubs which I know I have. I use nematodes to control grubs. Is it too early to apply nematodes given its barely mid August. I know it…

burned grass

Hello, seeking some advice as I’ve made a mess of my front lawn and need help fixing it. We have a neighbour with a female dog; I’ve learned and watched as her urine burned the grass. I watched a YouTube…

Groundcover under red maple

We have a patch of garden under a Red Maple that has recently been trimmed to let some sunlight in. Before the City of Toronto planted the tree about 20 years ago, it supported a thriving vegetable garden. Gradually, the…