Mealy Bugs on Yews

Hi there, I was planning to get rid of a yew next year because it has an ungainly shape when I discovered it has a terrible infestation of mealy bugs. I started to treat the infestation with water sprays and…

Suburb – Fence/Hedge

Hello Toronto Master Gardeners, I currently live in Newmarket..i bought my house 5 years ago in a typical suburb area and just recently finished an interlock pad in my backyard which caused a privacy problem… see the grade was bad,…

Butterfly Bush

I was looking up info on Butterfly Bushes, and was surprised to see so many sites claiming it is now considered an invasive species and is NOT recommended. However I didn’t see that on any Toronto specific sites. Do you…

Oakleaf Hydrangeas

I replanted my plants last winter as I realized they were too low in the soil, looked terrible, and I pruned extensively. We had, as you know, torrential rains this past winter. Plants are in semi shade not getting any…

Lilac tree looking thin and blooms are sparse

We have a lilac tree that is getting thinner looking each year and has fewer blooms each year. As you can see in thd phito, the blooms are not full and there sre several branches with nothing on them. There…

Bark Peeling on Serviceberry

My serviceberry is 10 years old and the bark is pealing on the old growth. Although some of the branches have died it still has lots of green leaves on the remaining branches and also has new growth from runners.…

Kerria blight

Have removed the diseased Kerrie. Is it safe to place any other plants in the soil. Should the, soil be treated in some way before planting?…

Pruning Purpleleaf Sand Cherry Shrubs

I live in Niagara Falls (Zone 6b) and have recently planted a second purpleleaf sand cherry; the first one has been in the ground since 2015. The older shrub is in the back yard and receives full sun, while the…

Small Bugs Eating Shrubs

I have an unidentified shrub? in the front that is getting hit with small catepillar like bugs. Not sure of the species of eithe the plant or the pests. Have been in the house for 3 years. The first year…