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…

Hydrangea bush

I live in SW Ontario My hydrangea bush did not flower this year. I did not prune it last year or this spring. Would this be the reason for no blooms? When should I prune it to get it ready…

Emerald Cedar

I have two different varieties of emerald cedars. One has a denser foliage with shorter needles and an overall appearance that is a brighter green. The other is a darker green with longer needles. Other than aesthetics, is one better…

Trees

Hi, I would like to know the types of trees which allow sun to come through and have leaves that fall off (naturally)early in the fall. I would like to plant trees this fall.…

Pruning Globe Cedars

My 4 year old globe cedars have just been pruned because they were starting to become too unruly and we want to achieve a hedge (20 metres long) that will remain about 20 cm high. There are a few small…

Privet Hedge

I have a privet hedge in my front yard that is too high and wide for my small front yard. Can the hedge be cut back to the ground in order to start over? If not, how far from the…