“Lawn composting” follow up query

For the 400 square foot lawn space, how are the grass roots stressed by composting? My biggest concern was smothering the plant by using too much compost, when I do schedule composting. An aggressively pruned city European Beech tree has…

Aerating Lawn With A Basic Bow Rake?

If I want to aerate a small lawn in west end toronto, can I bob my bow rake up and down across my lawn and my neighbours’ lawn? It just cuts down on my clutter, and I just want to…

Creeping Thyme garden bed – grass attack

Dear MASTER Gardener I have planted red creeping thyme (Thymus coccineus) along my front yard by taking out the grass. They are super ground cover. I put them in a year and a half back and they have taken over…

Violets in grass

I sent in a message last week asking your help to rid violets that have overtaken my lawn. Your website features the same issue from someone in Wasaga Beach (I’m in Toronto) but the website says the links to answers…

Applying Lawn Top Dressing Consistently

With my neighbour, we share a small lawn which is about 20 feet by 30 feet. I’d like to buy some top dressing, and a video suggests using a special levelling rake. Our lawn is level, so could I use…

Grass weed

I live in North York and I have noticed new type of grass or weed that did not exist before in my garden. It is also present in many other gardens in the neighborhood. Patches are now of the order…

East York Back Lawn

Can I eliminate the lawn by just using black landscape fabric over it and bags of mulch? What low lying evergreens, that take minimal care, would you suggest as I am away a lot. Soil is essentially clay.…

Repairing a poorly planted lawn

I live in midtown Toronto and have a small, west-facing front lawn about 15 x 25 feet in size. The lawn gets plenty of sun in the afternoons. The lawn covers an area that used to be an interlocking brick…

Chinch bug problem in Mississauga

Good morning, I have a corner lot and I have many patches damaged by chinch bugs. Any solution? It looks awful in many spots. What can I do? Is it right time to ask lawn care company to spray next…