Purple flowering raspberry shrub*

We are in Zone 6A, Oakville, Ontario. We have clay in our yard. We have had purple flowering raspberry bushes for quite a few years and only ever had one bloom. They were planted under a silver maple, so they…

Thinning Cedar trees*

Hello. I live in Kelowna BC where it is exceeding hot and dry in the summer. Our cedar hedge is 15 years old. It has been getting thinner and thinner the last year. One end looks just fine, the other…

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…

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…

Protective Covering for Shrubs and Perennials*

  Contractors have dug up our front garden (while repairing our leaking basement), including perennials, shrubs, small trees and bulbs, leaving roots and root balls exposed in clumps on our front lawn. I have meanwhile loosely covered them with plastic…

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…

Architectural Privacy Hedge*

I would like to plant a hedge that will grow to a solid green manicured wall of 8 feet for interest and privacy across the center of my front yard in North York. The yard faces south and will be…