Rose collars.

I live in West Toronto.  I used rose collars and mulch to protect my roses last Fall.  The soil is sandy and I can dig in a spade depth near the roses.  When should I remove the mulch?…

Using sawdust in vegetable garden as mulch?

I would like to get some info on using the sawdust and wood shavings on my garden this year as mulch or working into the ground in early spring. Would putting a lot of this down kill the weeds and…

Fall mulch and fertilizer

what fertilizer and mulch to apply  to a) a garden on ground level, and b) to a roof top garden on the 9th floor.…

Compost, manure + mulch

We own a farm, near Nobleton, Ontario. We have access to large quantities of materials to make our own compost. We use fruit and vegetable and plants materials only (never egg shell, or meat scraps), as well as yard waste, …

Termites and mulch

I have very sandy soil in the backyard of my new home – it needs lots of organic matter. Normally a pine mulch would be good but because I’m in a termite area, I’ve been advised to stay away from…

Weeds in the mulch

I’m a fairly new gardener and this year, I graduated from purely annuals to perennials. I also put down mulch for the first time but for some reason, after it rains, I seem to have a thousand tiny weed heads…

Spring Clean-up: A Toronto Master Gardener Guide

Spring clean-up is an annual event. It can begin as soon as the soil is dry enough – it should crumble in your hands, not stick together in clods. This gardening guide lists all of the activities related to cleaning…

Compacted clay soil

I have mostly clay soil in my front and back gardens and despite amending it for the last couple of years and adding mulch in the spring and fall I still find after our long winters the soil hardens and…