Overseeding lawn

Hello, I’m planning to overseed our lawn. It has quite a few bare spots from mismanagement and neglect. I’m planning to do the following: 1)Mow the lawn and collect the cuttings 2)Rake and dethatch. 3)Aerate 4)Apply top soil 5)Seed 6)Water…

Nothing grows under our silver maple

Hello, we live in Milton, ON where we have a good sized backyard with most areas receiving sun. We grow a lot of vegetables and berries with a lot of success. That said, in one corner of our yard, encompassing…

Ground cover(s) for shady area

At present, there is a strip of land 14″ by 70′ along the lot line between my property and that of my neighbour. While the strip runs north to south, it receives only 45 minutes of sunlight because of the…

Vines for shady courtyard?

Hello Master Gardener! We are hoping you can help us to choose vines for a shade garden. It is bright there all day, but only has direct sun for a short time each day on the north wall. The garden-to-be…

What to plant with Emerald cedars

I have a row of emerald cedars. I want to create more garden beds in front of them. It is partial/full shade. do you have suggestions as to what would be best in front of them. the soil is mainly…

Grass for Shady garden

What type of grass could be used for a very shady garden with Oak, Maple and Birch trees?  …

privacy hedges

I have a property in the Haliburton highlands. It is heavily treed with mainly maple, hemlock, fir and pine. As a result much of the property is shaded most of the time. The soil is sandy and well drained. I…

Shady lawn has mildew

A black walnut tree dominates our yard, with its canopy covering nearly the entire space. We planted Kentucky blue grass, which seems to have developed a white powdery mildew. How can I get rid of the mildew?  Is there another…