Soil Testing

I have flowers in my garden that are dying . When I have inspected the soil I can detect the odour of a petroleum solvent. Is there somewhere that I can get an analysis done to confirm the presence of…

Ailing Weigela

Hi, this weigela used to be so full and lovely, now there are many dead branches. It gets more sparce each year. I had cut back branches from another tree above it but that isn’t helping. Is it dying, is…

Soil Prep for New Tree

We had a pine tree die last year. I would like to plant a native tree in its place. Perhaps an Allegheny Serviceberry. It will be in full sun. Should I be concerned with the acidity of the soil? Almost…

Perennials in Poor Soil

The city did a large scale remediation, dug 10 feet deep and replaced soil with sand topped with 2 inches of soil. They tore out my cedar hedge, a globe cedar, weeping spruce, euonymus, and hydrangeas. My garden is ruined.…

White Mold in Soil

Hello, I live in Toronto, zone 7a. When turning the soil in our home made square foot container box last week, I found something that appears to be white mould in large quantities. I have been gardening for many years,…

Spring Fertilizer

Hello, can you please advise as to what type of fertilizer that I should be using for Spring? I live in the GTA. Many thanks! Brian…

Greenery/Shrubs for Shade and Tough Soil- Gail

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I have a spot in my back garden in Toronto (south facing), it is about 6-8ft by 2ft. It is under a big tree and next to my neighbour’s…

Health Hazards?

Good evening, I’m starting my third year of urban and organic gardening, so I’m really new to this. I’m a big advocate for organic, integrated pest management and soil life, but I’m always worried whenever I see some unknown insects,…

Rubber Tire Pellet Mulch

We bought a house this past winter and just moved in a couple of weeks ago. This past weekend, we finally started working in our yard. To our horror, we realized that the landscaped garden was covered in brown rubber…