My balcony garden’s ongoing war with aphids

I love petunias and their gorgeous colours but what I DON’T love are the Aphids!!!! Every single summer, I buy petunias that look stunning up until August and then, the aphids ring the dinner bell and my lush beauties become…

Aphids overwinter in soil?

Hello, I had an issue with aphids this year on my squash, cucumber and lettuce in particular. I have pulled all the plants out of my garden and have added some compost. Today I noticed the aphid “trail” (clear/sticky substance)…

Cedar Hedge

We have just moved in to a house that has an old cedar hedge which is dying at various places.  It has holes in it.  The branches where it is dying has a speckle of white on it.  How do…

Norfolk pine

Hi thank you for your assistance. I am in an errand climate in Colorado near Denver and I have had in Norfolk Pine for 10 years. It has been happily growing in a bay window with lots of indirect light.it…

Aphid honeydew on trembling aspens

Hi! I live in Toronto’s West end (near-ish to High Park). We have three trembling aspens in our front yard that get infested with aphids that drop their sticky goo like rain on the car parked in the driveway, any…

To rake or not to rake?

Hi there, I keep reading that in the fall it’s best to chop up leaves and spread them as a mulch over your garden bead. However I have a horrible aphid problem so I have always raked up and bagged…

Japanese Maple Problems

Hello. I am in Toronto therefore zone 6 I believe. I have a12 year old Xx Japanese maple in my south backyard that was healthy until this spring. It is protected by the garage on the south and fences on…

Aphid Prevention Sour Cherry Tree

Hi there, We have a large Montmorency cherry tree in our backyard. The summer of 2016 we had a wonderful crop. March 2017 we pruned the tree back significantly to cut down on waste and droppings (rotting cherries all over…

Insect Infestation

I have a pussy willow tree that I noticed is covered with small bugs. They appear to be grow from red to brown as they age. Other insects seem to be attracted to the tree now too, I’m assuming for…

Is My Plant Sick?

Hi there we have a fern type tree with a new growth is this diseased? If so how do we dispose?