Garden mulching, composting and landscape fabrics

I’ve been weeding, reducing certain plants and shrubs and planting new ones. I intend to lay down compost and mulch. My questions: -Do you recommend using landscape fabric, or does it prevent perennials (and spring bulbs) from coming up? I…

Unhealthy peppers

This is every year and different locations.  Our peppers always stay spindly with leaves being a pale yellow.  Soil is good with lots of compost this year.  I have tried fertilizing, not fertilizing; water more, water less; nothing helps.  All…

Mulch

What kind of mulch can I use in my vegetable garden ?…

mulch

Hi! I’m looking for the best mulch for my flower beds, in terms of keeping moisture in, weeds out and keeping the soil healthy. Mostly I have shrubs, i.e. Annabelle and Peegee hydrangeas, emerald cedars, lilacs, bleeding hearts, hostas, ferns.…

Mulch

Hello; I have mulched my property for many years and the mulch is dark or red and we have had trees die. Can you recommend a place that I could find a safe eco friendly mulch? I live in Muskoka…

Dead Locust Leaves

Do dead locust leaves mat down or do they decompose? Can I use them on my gardens over winter?…

Fresh Wood Chips

Hello – Are there any risks or concerns to applying wood chips to the soil in a very shady back garden with only evergreen shrubs, vines and a cherry blossom tree? I’d like to turn the garden space into a…

Cardboard as weed barrier and termites

Hello Toronto Master Gardeners’ Volunteers. I was wondering if using cardboard as weed barrier underneath the actual woven weed barrier near the house is a bad idea. I’m assuming it will attract termites. So far, all the research online is…