London Plane tree

There is a mature London Plane Tree in the Brighton, Ont. area that I would like to propagate. I believe that cuttings are the way to go, but I do not know when or how to do this. Any help…

Fungus on Serviceberry

I have had problems with fungus on my serviceberries early this season. I sprayed them with sulphur a few months ago, but wonder if I should spray them again and/or use a dormant spray in the early spring. Your advice…

Replacing cedar hedge

We have just had our 30 year old hedge removed from around our verandah. Now we have to choose something new. The yew bush, euonymus, barberry, annabelles and holly are some ideas that have been suggested to us. It is…

forthysia tree without blooms in the spring

I live in King/Dufferin area of Toronto. My forthysia is planted in sun in the front yard and is about 4 ft in height.It appears on the right side of the front yard in the picture…. beautiful and GREEN. I…

Flowering buds on Pear tree

Hello, My pear tree has started to flower again!! Should I leave the blossoms on or just cut them off?   [I lost most of the blossoms when we had the frost in April. The few pears which did grow…

Lilac – pest or disease?

my lilac – estimated 40 -60 years old is weeping and foaming (see photo) what I assume is sap (the yellow jackets are all over it so it must be sweet). the tree had a bumper crop of blooms this…

White Fungus on Tree

Hello, we met some of your folks at the CNE and they recommended we email you our question. We have a red maple in our back yard and this year it has a white powdery looking fungus on it. You…

Blue birch tree – help

Dear Master Gardener, We have planted a blue birch tree in our front yard two summers ago, but lately it hasn’t been doing very well (since spring). Many of its needles are brown, although the top of the tree is…

a garden that doesn’t thrive

I have a front yard groundcover and hosta garden that I work at attentively. It is in North Riverdale in Toronto and the garden faces east. Sadly, this garden has not thrived in years despite attention, composting, watering, and the…