Spring Mulching

I live in southern Etobicoke and would like to know the best time to mulch so that weeds will not have a chance to grow this year. Ours is a south-facing garden surrounded on two sides by a hedge. The…

Mulching During Winter?

Mulching During Winter? What happens if mulching is done during winter, since we’ve had so little snowcover during this GTA winter? Specifically, if I add mulch on top of any weeds remaining from the past spring/summer/fall, will the remaining weeds…

Mulch Placed Around Trees*

I see increasing evidence of volcano type mounds of mulch being placed around tree of all sizes and ages. I would appreciate having your opinion on the subject.…

Planting in a ravine location

Hello. I wish to plant a honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) along my backyard chain link fence which borders a ravine. I am going to clear a corner that has been taken over by ravine plants. What can I do to try…

Rhododendron Mist Maiden

Hi My 3 year old rhododendron Mist Maiden is looking very yellow and looks stressed. I have added peat and food at the beginning of the season. It did not bloom (most of my Rhodos didn’t bloom this year.) but…

Using Dead Cedar Foliage as Mulch*

I am confused about the uses of fallen cedar foliage. My neighbor and I share a boundary cedar hedge (7 foot high, 20+ years old, zone 5, semi-arid climate, clay soil). The hedge is healthy and drops the normal amount…

tiny front garden ideas*

Hello, My front is a just 18″ deep and about 10 feet long – it was once just concrete but we have recently removed it and placed a wooden barrier around it. The house is south facing so I am…

Spring Clean-up: A Toronto Master Gardener Guide

Spring clean-up is an annual event. We now know to resist the urge to clean up the garden until temperatures are consistently above 10°C or 50°F. Many butterflies, pollinators and other beneficial insects overwinter in the dead leaves and hollowed…