Pruning a hydrangea tree

When and how does one prune these? I have two at the entrance to my home. They are the type with a long trunk and branches just near the top. They become top heavy in rain and snow and have…

Juglone tolerant coniferous shrubs

I have the fortune or misfortune of living next door to a huge Black Walnut tree. I would like to plant an evergreen shrub that is about 10 ft tall. My yard is in downtown Toronto has partial shade and…

Ropes of LED lights wound around the trunks of young trees

Hi There, I am writing from Toronto. I’ve become more sensitive lately to the trees that grace our public spaces. I’ve noticed many places where newly planted young trees with a fairly small diameter (3-6 inches) have been strung with…

Blooms on dahlias and hydrangeas

My dahlias were very late blooming, we live west of Barrie, my friend in Wasaga Beach, her dahlias are beautiful – any suggestions would help. Also I have 2 hydrangeas and neither one have bloomed but are very healthy looking…

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…