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…

Japanese beetles – milky spore disease

I’ve read that milky spore disease will get rid of Japanese beetles, but I cannot seem to find a retailer that carries milky. spore powder. Are you aware of any in the GTA? Have you tried it? Does it work…

coldframe painting

Is it safe to paint a cold frame for growing vegetables? Or is it better to just paint the outside of the wood to make it last longer? thanks…

First Frost

Everywhere I look the first frost is being forecast by yearly averages. Depending on the source I am getting dates from as early Oct. 10 to as late as the second week of november. Would anyone have a better idea…

Pool planting

Hello, I am inquiring about softscaping the area around my pool. I love in zone 6a and I am looking for shrubs, trees or plants that can provide privacy and visual interest but are low maintenance. I only have 2…

Second request regarding a plan

I have enclosed a drawing of my garden. Please ignore the plants. I would really appreciate it if you could suggest a low maintenance plan based on my last email to you. The land slopes from the left hand side…

Dead Monarch Butterflies

I have had the same garden plants for at least 15 years. I have in the past had a lot of Monarchs in Aug and Sept. I have at least 3 dead Monarch this year. I picked up one and…

My dog eats dirt

I live in west Toronto. I have a yard that is 25ft by 75 ft with a variety of plantings. I have a young dog that is eating buckets of dirt; he eats approx 2 cups a day. Is there…

Suggestions for what I can plant in area by fence.

I want to replace my 5 Karl forester grasses with something about the same height that will not require as much maintenance. As I’m getting older I’m looking for something that will require less work. The area is 3 ft,…