Plant Sale Season Is Here

In addition to the annual Toronto Botanical Garden plant sale, being held May 13-15 this year (where Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions, the TBG is the site of some other organizations’ sales, such as: Toronto…

Spring is Here: Start Pest Control Activities

The  Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has issued a reminder that the arrival of spring is the signal to search your property for overwintering pests, especially on woody plants. They advise that now is the time…

Caution: Growing Potatoes at Home? Think Again

Now is the time home gardeners are planning their vegetable gardens and ordering seeds, and some may be considering growing potatoes this year. The Ontario Ministry of Food and Agriculture (OMAFRA) has some concerns about  potatoes in urban home gardens.…

250 Year Old Etobicoke Oak Named Heritage Tree

On December 11th, a 24-metre tall white oak in an Etobicoke backyard was  recognized by Forests Ontario as part of its Heritage Tree Program. The program allows anyone across Ontario to nominate a tree for recognition based on its social…

A Good Time to Fertilize

Did you know that autumn is a major root growth period for woody and herbaceous perennials? Roots will grow and absorb water and nutrients whenever soil temperatures remain above 5°C (conifer roots will grow at even lower temperatures). The  Ontario…

Apply Horticultural Oil Now to Control Scale

The  Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) advises that magnolia scale insect populations were high in the GTA this year. They suggest that now is the time to use horticultural oil to control these and beech scale…

Learn about the Toronto Approach to Climate Change

TransformTO is a two-year project that will re-imagine and identify how the City will achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goal of 80%, while enhancing our local economy, reducing social inequalities, and shifting our consumption patterns. Starting this Fall, the City…

Pest Alert: Japanese Beetles

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has reported that, as of this week, Japanese beetle adults are flying and starting to feed on leaves of woody plants (Syringa, Tilia, Ulmus, Prunus, Rosa). …

Great Toronto Tree Hunt Winners Announced

On June 24, 2015, LEAF announced the winners of The Great Toronto Tree Hunt, an initiative designed to reinforce the importance of our urban forest. The winner in the Uniqueness category is the Dawn Redwood very near the Children’s Centre…