Test Your Soil Before Starting an Edible Landscape

Ever wondered about the content of your soil? Worried about planting edibles in a city yard? The City of Toronto Public Health Department has published an excellent Guide for Soil Testing in Urban Gardens. As it states, “Cities are great…

Report Sightings of the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has issued an alert regarding this invasive species. The Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is not a fly, but a planthopper. Found recently in the US, Spotted Lanternfly has NOT been detected…

Start Managing the 2019 Magnolia Scale Population Now

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has posted a notice advising homeowners that magnolia scale females have recently given birth to live young, and these tiny, dark crawlers have ventured out to feed on twigs. When the…

Black Edges on Young Pear Leaves No Cause for Alarm

OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) has just released an advisory on this subject. They report  that this year, as in 2016, black marginal necrosis  is appearing on the newest growth of pear (Pyrus) trees.  In 2016,…