Front yard garden

I’m looking for advice on plant and shrub selection for my front garden. Our house is 3 yrs old and we started landscaping in heavy clay soil. The front bed is north facing. The first year we amended the soil…

Paper birch & bronze birch borer

My 40+yr old birch that suffered damage to the roots. I tried to save it, but it was so weakened the dreaded birch borer moved in. I had the tree cut down last fall (2014) and the stump removed (they…

Best Birch Trees for Toronto

Hello, I’m interested to plant a few multistem birches in my property. I like them for their interesting exfoliating bark and light canopy. Since I want to plant a few of them I can’t plant large varieties. I would like…

Yellow river birch leaves

Hello, I live in Toronto, Ontario (Zone 6) and have a river birch tree planted in a corner of my small yard. It faces south and east, and is directly beside a fence on the north side and the house…

Hamamelistes Spinosus

We have a white chalky substance accruing on our birch tree leaves, causing the leaves to resolve into high ridges. I had been hoping to have a conversation with one of the gardeners but the volunteer failed to show at…

Birch Leafminer: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Birch leafminer (Fenusa pusilla) is the most common of several larval insects that mine birch leaves. This small sawfly is native to Europe but has become a major pest of birches in North America. The adult sawfly is a small,…