Catkins

My beautiful mature oak trees rain catkins this time of year.  They create a carpet of brown across my yard and I skim my swimming pool multiple times a day. My gardens are likewise full of catkins.  The catkins disintegrate…

Tree identification – Black cherry

I have this tree growing in the back of my garden. I think it is a cherry tree, but not sure. Plan to move it to a sunnier location if it is.…

Privacy Hedge – Nelly Stevens Holly or Laurel

Hi there We would like to grow a privacy hedge along our backyard fence and love the look of Nelly Stevens Holly or English Laurel. These hedges have shiny leaves and grow together nicely so we can prune to look…

Pruning Columnar Beech Trees

Hi, Last year we planted 8 beech trees (5-6 feet) and they are establishing well. The goal is to have them 10 feet tall and as dense, bushy as possible to provide privacy. What is the pruning approach? To you…

Nova Zembla (shrub Rhododendron)

Hello, I planted this at the corner of my house. The tag says ‘3-6 hrs of daily sun’, ‘1.2 – 2m tall x 1.2 – 2m wide’ The spot has irregular sunlight – morning a couple hours, then fro early…

Best Hedges for Beaches Area in Toronto

We’re trying to source some hedges for the property at Philpott Gardens in the Beaches Toronto. The main thing we’re looking for is a suitable plant for the hedge that does not rely on regular watering, more hardy, and doesn’t…

Maple trees

I have two maple trees in my backyard that has begun to spit in the middle. These trees were planted in 2003 and are in direct sunlight. The cracks you are seeing in the attached image started happening about 3…

Manitoba maples

Four or five tall Manitoba maples line the south fence of my property but on the neighbour’s side. We had them thinned this year but the plants (typical shade plants – hostas, ferns, astilbe etc) are small and straggly. 1)…