Mulching around a tree surrounded by stone concrete

Hello we live in Toronto. We have a white Lilac tree in front of our property. It is surrounded by an~ 8×8 foot patch of grass, which is surrounded on all sides by stone or concrete. We would like to…

Clay Soil

I bought annuals and mostly perennials and was wondering if I can use clay soil as the “base soil” (if there is such a term) and then place the seeds on top of the clay soil and then use a…

Cedar hedges

I have over a hundred feet of cedar hedges in a climate zone 5. The hedge is about 7 feet and is many years old. I have it trimmed annually …usually in June. Should I remove old leaves, pine needles…

Not as Much from Mulch as I was hoping….

I’ve recently attempted to mulch over some parts of a back garden which I don’t wish to use this year. I turned the soil, then placed newspaper down and mulch on top. I still see weeds popping through. This amazes…

Planting a ground cover in a root zone

Hello! I’m hoping you can help me. I have two lindens at the side of my house in downtown Toronto under which is moderately compacted soil and debris from my recent renovation. And under one of the trees the soil…

Winter Protection for Japanese Maple

Last year I was advised to put mulch around my Japanese maple to protect it over winter.  It seemed to succeed. This year I am going to do the same thing but when should I apply the mulch? Before or…

weather for the winter

I am an urban gardener (and hobby beekeeper) at Bayview Sheppard area. I wonder if you have educated info on what our weather will be like this winter?…

Mulch and Grass Questions!

Hello, I am a new gardener in the Toronto area with too many questions! I have a front plot with no grass that has a few plants in mulch/cedar chips. My question is how do I know when I need…