White Pine Aphid Treatment

Hi, I have a 10-year-old, 16-foot white pine in my backyard. It has been doing fine for most of its life, but in the last two years has taken large amounts of damage from a heavy infestation of white pine…

My “mini palm” has mites

My “mini palm” looks like it has mites – I have sprayed it with a weak soapy solution, but it doesn’t seem to be helping.…

Butterfly/bee gardens

Would conditions in a small churchyard in downtown Toronto be suitable to attract butterflies and bees? The space faces north, is bordered by buildings on three sides and a busy road on the fourth, and gets about 3-4 hours of…

Emerald Ash Waste Disposal

Is it safe to take fall ash leaves from the Toronto area to the Barrie area for composting purposes as there are some dead ash trees in my neighbourhood? I believe that the Emerald Ash Borer is likely within the…

Ant infestation

My lawn which is very thin (newly seeded) is covered in sand. The ants appear to building nests and are digging out the sand. This is the first time I have seen this problem. The ants are very tiny and…

Japanese Beetles

What can be done against Japanese beetles in Toronto, Ontario. They damage fruit trees and roses.…

ladybugs and fig tree fruit

I am writing to ask for some ideas on how to address the problem of ladybugs eating the ripened figs from our fig trees. Last autumn most of the fruit of our fig trees was eaten just before it became…

Gypsy moth caterpillars on my Colorado spruce shrubs

My lovely Colorado spruce shrubs in our yard seem to be heavily infested with gypsy moth caterpillars. They’re eating the soft young needles and have damaged this spring’s new growth. We planted the shrubs 5 years ago and this is…