Yard Composting

Hi, I live in Zone 5b in Cambridge Ontario My property has about 30 mature trees a cross between Ash, Pine , Maple and Oak. Over the last 20 years, part of my property has been left to nature. I…

Winter Compost Piles (Street Side Left Behinds)

Hi, Regarding Compost Zone 5B. 1. Street side leaf pick up comes every year in late October here in Cambridge. Last year a large amount of product was left behind and is still sitting curb side in late Jan 2020.…

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…

Adding Earthworms to Raised Beds

We’ve had 3 large (10′ x 3′ x 27″ high) planter boxes built and filled them with CIL Enriched Triple Mix and a thick layer of cedar mulch. I want to introduce some earthworms into the soil but given the…

Garden Location

Hi, I live in Peterborough Ont and our house is on a sloped hill, there’s a wet spot in our back yard which I believe is from our uphill neighbors weeping tile that is soaked thru to early/mid July, and…

Garden mulching, composting and landscape fabrics

I’ve been weeding, reducing certain plants and shrubs and planting new ones. I intend to lay down compost and mulch. My questions: -Do you recommend using landscape fabric, or does it prevent perennials (and spring bulbs) from coming up? I…

is this Azalea sick?

I have an Azalea inherited from the house we bought last year (not sure what kind of Azalea this is) it was blooming very well with orange flowers this spring, but I notice the foliage color is too yellow-ish comparing…

Gladiolas corms

I purchased a box of gladiola corns (?) and planted them them in early June in full sun in a large container, just as I had done in previous years. This is a 3b climactic zone. The soil is a…

Hibiscus with Yellowing Leaves

A potted hibiscus on our west facing fifth floor balcony has had some leaves turn yellow and drop off during the last two weeks. It has not been fertilized. It had a number of buds which just started to blossom…