My shrub is dying :(

We have a shrub in our front yard, it gets a lot of sun. The soil in Bolton has lots of clay. The inside of the shrub is completely brown and now the outside of the shrub is turning brown.…

Replacement shrubs

I want to replace 5 low-growing junipers which have been killed by the last 2 harsh winters.  We live in south Etobicoke (zone 5?) and the area is full sun and has good soil which I try to amend with…

Boxwood hedge

I have a 25 year old boxwood hedge which has been decimated by last year’s frost and then a blight on everything else… The hedge is 30′ long and about 3′ high.  It will all have to go, but I…

Medium height coniferous tree, for Toronto

I am thinking about adding a couple of coniferous tree to my back yard for all-year interest and considering “Fat Albert” Colorado spruce, “Taylor Sunburst” pine, “Dragon Eye” pine or Pinus Nigra “Nana”. Are there any pine particular diseases that…

Swamp Cedars in Winter

Is it normal for swamp cedars to get thinner in the winter? We have a row of swamp cedars at the back of our backyard that looks thinner than in the summer/fall (i.e. I can see through them when before…

Damaged juniper

I have a question for a tree expert who is a Master Gardener. I have a tall Juniper that’s about 14 years old. Last winter there was a lot of winter burn. Some of it has come back but how…

Emerald Cedars turning brown

I planted 10 6-7 ft emerald cedars in the spring. I live in an area on Vancouver Island that sees a fair bit of moisture just a few hundred feet from the ocean (eastern side). The trees seemed to be…