Garden edging

Looking for ideas on what edging I can use for the gardens to give a neat contained look. – Have a lot of mulch, no plastic or interlock brick. Not sure what else I can use that does not stand…

Soil prep for Karl Foerster and Hakonechloa grass

I will be planting Karl Foerster and Hakconechloa grasses together (the Foerster in the background against a fence). Currently I have a lot of clay in the area that I want to plant both of them (they will be together).…

Soil condition

I live in North Toronto near Eglinton Park, which used to be a brick yard. The soil in our backyard is clay. We have a number of trees shading the garden and we are the lowest yard so we get…

Mulching to suppress grass between trees

We planted 46 dappled willow trees in a zigzag pattern about two years ago. The trees have a six foot spacing with quite a healthy lawn in between. We would like to place mulch over the grass between the trees…

Leaf covering for the winter

…..we have placed garden leaves over our flower beds for the winter for the first time and we are wondering when would be the ideal time to remove them to the benefit of the wee beasties below ??………

Leaves from chemically treated lawns

I’ve been sheet mulching (cardboard then soil) a few flower beds for spring on/over parts of my front lawn. I want to further cover them with fallen leaves but I’m finding myself a bit low on leaves this year (we…

Garlic – straw mulch, horse manure, irrigation

1. is it ok to cover the garlic with straw as a mulch which has previously treated with herbicide? The garlic will be grown on a wooden bed of 3ft x 7ft. 2. Are there any issues with mold formation…

Use of sawdust from Maple Tree as mulch

My huge Norwood Maple tree was damaged and had to be taken down in March 2019, resulting in lots of saw dust. I am told that I need to add 1 lb of nitrogen to 50lbs of saw dust if…

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…