Replacing City trees that have died

Hi. As you know the City of Toronto plants a tree in every front yard. My brother had a 60+’ high Little Leaf Linden that died in his small front yard. Since it was a city tree the city cut…

My Ficus is not doing well

My Ficus has not been doing well for about a month now. I understand they are finnicky and it might be due to the change in season. I initially had the ficus in my bedroom, which does not receive a…

Raising soil level and how tree roots react

Hi. The Japanese Upright Yews and Pyramidal Cedars I planted years ago are now an 18’ tall ‘forest’ that reaches more than 15’ out from the fence. This created a ‘forest floor’ where no plants grow even with mottled light…

POOR BACKYARD GROWTH

I live near Lake Ontario with a small yard with large tree.  There is a raised garden against the back fence. Have never been able to establish plants for any period of time except a burning bush. A lilac bush…

Early blooming perennials

Hi there, I would like to plant some perennials that will bloom in the spring, but I don’t know much about gardening! I know that poppies are beautiful, but I’m wondering if there’s any other plants that are relatively low…

Growing balloon flowers from seed

I have successfully grown very small balloon flowers from seed and wonder if I bring them in during the winter or leave them outside…,they are in a flower box with a good depth of earth…

Dying Olive plant

I inherited this young olive tree plant from a friend in September 2022. For 6 months it sat in a Southeast facing window. For a while it did okay, but then started to wilt. I think I was over watering…

Preparing new garden bed

I am planning to create a new garden bed near the foundation of my house. Should I remove the existing soil and if so, to what depth? I think I should lay down landscaping paper and would like to know…

Emerald Cedar Trees and Compost

We live in Scarborough, zone 5. We are trying to prepare to plant 16 emerald cedar trees (4-5 feet in height) in our backyard facing west. We have ordered some bulk ‘triple mix’ but we think that they might have…