Preparing a Space for a Pollinator Garden

I am taking over an empty garden that is covered with 2 to 3 inches of black wood chip mulch. Below that is a layer of black landscaping fabric. I would like to make a pollinator garden with the space,…

Soil Testing

I am curious to know if I should do a soil test to understand the level of nutrients that my vegetable garden contains and the possibility that I may not be replenishing the nutrients used by my plants each year.…

Advice on planting for full sun

Dear Master Gardner, My backyard has intense western sun, especially in the afternoon. I’m wondering what trees/shrubs are hardy enough to withstand afternoon sun. The soil may have fungus so the ideal tree/shrub should be hardy enough to tolerate these…

Rhododendrons and Azaleas

I live at Bathurst/Steeles (borderline of Toronto and Thornhill) so, maybe, a zone 6 or 5? I want to plant rhodo and Azaleas in my front yard which gets abut 5 hrs of sunlight and a clay soil. Would a…

Soil Analysis

Hello, Please let me know where soil analysis is done near Mississauga. My lawn is weed infested, and I would like to know what kind of amendments are required. Also, what is the right way to collect a soil sample?…

Fruit trees

I have a 50 acre farm near Penetanguishene Ontario and have cleared 2 acres. It is, or was, a pine forest that was once pasture land. I have planted 120 apple trees; twenty Asian pear trees and a variety of…

Rubber Tire Pellet Mulch

We bought a house this past winter and just moved in a couple of weeks ago. This past weekend, we finally started working in our yard. To our horror, we realized that the landscaped garden was covered in brown rubber…

Soil Preparation and Planting

Hello, I’m inquiring about proper soil preparation for planting the following: 1. yew hedge 2. japans maples 3. bobo hydrangea, 4. japanese blood grass, all gold hakoni grass, sunrise hosts, peonies, clematis etc. Our soil is layered as follows: 1.…

Soil testing / nutrient deficiencies

Can you recommend a service for soil testing that includes micronutrients? I have a garden in Riverdale which was designed by a former owner of the house. In spite of loading it up with new soil and compost this year,…