Slug deterrent

I have hostas that have been chewed by slugs in the past years. They are starting to unfurl their leaves now. I was wondering if zebra mussel shells might be an option to add around the base of each hosta…

Fuzzy things in my backyard

Hello, I have been finding these 2″ long fuzzy things all over my backyard. I’m not sure where they are coming from, but I’m hoping it’s not some sort of insect or nest that may damage trees, fruits and veggies…

Monarch butterfly/milkweed

I’ve paid attention to David Suzuki’s request to plant milkweed for the monarch butterflys – swamp milkweed seems the best for a small garden & I’ve sourced a local supplier. my question is regarding the caterpillers produced by the monarch’s…

Scale

How should I go about getting rid of scale on my euonymus plant? I’m pretty certain it is scale. Should I start treating it now while it is still cool outside. Or should I wait until it warms up more?…

My houseplants are infested with fungus gnats

I recently transplanted three very large tropical plants, that I have cared for over many years. I purchased the soil from a well-known store in Toronto. Now the pots are infested with bugs. When I water, every Saturday, these flying…

Fungus gnats

Every year when I bring in my tropical plants from the outdoors I get these little flies which I think are fungus gnats.  How can I get rid of them and stop them from invading my home?…

Overwintering tropical plants indoors

I have tropical plants outside in pots that I want to overwinter indoors. I don’t want to bring in any bugs. What should I spray on them?  …

Little Green insects on leafs and flowers of plants

I was wondering if there is something I can do about these little green insects that are in my plants I have on my balcony. I have hibiscus, pansies and other plants. They are in soil and they get the…

Black aphids on japanese maple

Hello, I’m in Toronto with a west facing garden (full afternoon sun) that has a 4ft japanese (waterfall) maple. I planted it last summer, and it came back this spring very healthy. But today, I noticed swarms of small black…

Burrowing Bees

Bees are burrowing in my lawn. Last year I  paid to have them sprayed. It’s expensive and they are back this year. What is a natural solution to this problems?…