Pruning a Barberry hedge*

Hello. I have a very old barberry hedge around my front lawn (pre-1960’s, I’m guessing – the house is 1940’s in Leaside). The hedge is thin sticks at the bottom with most of the growth at the top. The hedge…

Getting my wisteria to bloom*

I have had a wisteria plant for 9 years (and it was a few years old, I believe, when I planted it).  It has always been healthy i.e. lots of growth every year and green foliage.  I have only ever…

Can you prune / train a 1 yr old transplanted peach tree?*

I planted a peach tree, “Harrow Diamond”, last spring.  It’s doing well, around 9 ft high and it bore 4 peaches last year.  I’m wanting to know if i should prune it as is discussed online (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShNGGuO1x4E). Do I need…

Mulberry tree trimming*

I have two 25 year old mulberry trees in the front garden at the door entrance.  They are blocking the front doorway now and I’d like to know if I can trim them down to the trunk to start over. …

Help with a smoke bush*

Hi there my wife and I bought a home and inherited a 12 foot smoke tree, I know that it needs to be pruned to improve its general form but don’t know where to start. I’ve read online that it…

Cedar Trees*

We have some 30 year old Cedar Trees in our garden.  They are 25-30 ft high.  We have lopped off the top 18″ of these trees.  Did we make a mistake?  Our intention was to encourage them to spread out…

Trimming White Pine Trees*

I have about 75 white pine trees on my property which I’ve been trimming every July in order to keep the branches close and the tree a good visual screen. Your statement on your website says: “Pruning the candles can…

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…