Vimy Oak

We have been given a Vimy Oak – one of the small number of seedlings from grand-acorns (offspring) of oaks that used to cover Vimy Ridge in France. After the battle of Vimy Ridge (1917), a Canadian soldier gathered up…

Trimming Outdoor Cactus

We have an outdoor cactus of the Escobaria or Coryphantha and Opuntia variety (http://cwf-fcf.org/en/resources/encyclopedias/flora/cacti-of-canada.html) We have had this cactus for quite a few years, but it has now spread onto our patio. I want to keep the cactus, but I…

Eastern Redbud or other flowering tree?

Hello! I am on the landscaping committee for a condo in downtown Toronto, and the Board is looking into planting 2 – 3 ornamental trees as part of a rejuvenation project. They have considered flowering cherries to start, but I…

Catalpa Tree

Next door are several large Catalpa trees and every year they have these large pods that drop and sometimes hit people walking by. This year there are no pods. Why are there no pods?…

Fragrant sumac – autumn foliage

I planted a Fragrant Sumac this past spring and was hoping to see the foliage turn scarlet but its the Santa Claus parade and the leaves are still green! We are mid-town and it gets full sun.…

To rake or not to rake?

Hi there, I keep reading that in the fall it’s best to chop up leaves and spread them as a mulch over your garden bead. However I have a horrible aphid problem so I have always raked up and bagged…

Wrapping Alberta spruce for winter

I have an Alberta spruce (I think it is); almost 30 years old; 5 ft. tall in southern Ontario. It faces south/east. I added compost this summer. Dry conditions. Also gets affected by winter snow and ice. I have no…

Dying and Dried Out Cedar Hedge

I have a privacy hedge at the back of my Ottawa home. The hedge is about 40 feet wide and is about 12-14 feet high. It backs up against and along an identical hedge owned by my neighbour. It is…

Please Identify tree injury

In wet fall conditions on the forest loam (shaded) at Salerno Lake near Kinmount Ontario this very tall, possible balsam poplar, was found with a perfectly circular, light beige patch as seen in the attached picture. Thanks for any suggestions…