Alternatives to Grass

I live in a house and I have a small garden but I cannot cut the grass regularly anymore because I am getting older. Can you please tell me if I can plant a ground cover or how I can…

Maintaining order in the garden

Hi there. I live in Etobicoke, Sunnylea neighbourhood. We have sandy soil here. The area of the garden I am concerned about receives full sun more than 8 hours a day. In the area I have planted Hens and chicks,…

Groundcover Under a Japanese Maple

I have a gorgeous Japanese Maple tree. Underneath, to discourage weeds, I have planted ground cover which is doing well. Should I have done this – is it a detriment to the tree? If so, should I just put mulch…

Black Scallop bugleweed, winterkill?

Hello, My bugleweed is looking like it did not survive the winter. The attached picture shows the plant on April 6. As you can see many of the leaves are brown…

Hardy ground cover needed

I live in a rented house in Toronto. The south facing backyard is in sun/shade. It had grass but now it’s mostly mud thanks to two dogs using it. I need to plant an inexpensive, hardy, self-renewing ground cover that…

12-3/4” Caterpillar Eating Creeping Jenny

A grey/green with a dark stripe, 3/4” long caterpillar has decimated my Creeping Jenny in just a few days. When I pick them off they form a tiny ball which I then destroy. Have you….. Suggestions…other than hand picking? Is…

Japanese Spurge

Large city maple tree in front yard that had roots spread along entire surface of the front yard. Consulted with Amandeep Tiwana arborist at Bartlett Tree care and created a 10″ raised bed around entire front yard. Tree was never…

small garden area, huge tree

I am writing to you for the second time as I wasn’t clear in my first message. I have a small garden area in the front of my house, facing south. We have a beautiful, huge tree that prevents the…

Lesser celandine

I’ve been able to identify that it’s fig buttercup (lesser celandine) that is taking over in my garden. Could you please provide information on how to effectively manage and remove this invasive species, including the use of a herbicide if…

considering lawn alternatives

I am considering a lawn alternative that can tolerate medium foot traffic and has low maintenance. I live in Brampton. I am considering this for my backyard. I would like to know what kind of ground cover can I consider.…