Ant colony at base of large maple

Hi I was doing some cleaning of brush away from the base of a 30 year+ maple and noticed a huge ant colony at the base of the tree. Ants were also going up the bark but did not appear…

Planting cedars in large planter on a deck

Hi there, We are building a large deck and the planter will be a long (trough-like) 18′ long, 2.5′ wide, 2.5 high. I want to plant 7-8 cedars to make a raised privacy fence. We are in the Grimsby area…

Pitch mass borer and Needlecast

I have been told that the top dieback from my white spruce is caused by Pitch Mass Borer – And that there is no treatment – Just to cut off affected tree – Which I don’t want to do as…

Young tree bending in the wind

We have a young Kentucky Coffeetree in our yard. The City planted it in the fall of 2017. This spring, we removed the stake that the City put in with it. The tree bends over very far with the prevailing…

Cutting Propagation

I have taken cuttings of my Rose of Sharons, Weigela and Hydrangea shrubs in a clear plastic container with 2 inches of potting soil sitting below 2 inches of sand..the container has been covered with a white plastic bag and…

Transplanting a Dwarf Japanese Maple

My neighbour no longer wants her Japanese maple that’s about 4′ H x 4′ W with a trunk diameter of 1 1/2-2″. When and how can I successfully transplant it?…

Propagating Little Princess Spirea

Trying to propagate this plant. Took softwood cuttings in June, planted in soil less mix and kept in a portable greenhouse in the shade. They,looked good for about a week then started to turn brown. Some seemed to have roots…

Problems with a Serviceberry Tree

My serviceberry is covered with white fluff on the underside of most of its leaves. It is producing berries at this time. I have sprayed the leaves they’ve using a product by Safers. This problem happens every summer. The tree…

Can I plant burlapped trees in summer?

I am in Toronto and would like to plant some large trees (deciduous and evergreen) in in a part shade garden, compacted type soil. I would also like to plant some cedars in a sunny location. Should I wait till…

Red maple tree

My tree did not come back well this spring. I only have a few tufts of red leaves as shown in the photo, compared to a full size tree last year. Upon the advice of a gardener I trimmed the…