Winter Drought Stressed Magnolia

Hello, I live in the south end of Etobicoke very close to the lake. I have a beautiful magnolia tree in front of my house (faces east) that is more than 30 feet high. Despite having many buds for flowers,…

Rose of Sharon

I look after a rose of sharon that grows in a small stone planter across from my house.  This spring (as of June 11th), there’s not a leaf on it, but the twigs seem to still be green inside.  Do…

Replacing Dog-strangling vine with local plants

I have a large infestation of DSV and have started digging it out.  The question that I have is this: what can I plant in the large empty areas, 3-4 square metres each, to inhibit or prevent the re-growth of…

What kind of tree/shrub are these?

Hello TMGs, I moved into a new house in Hillcrest Village and these plants are in the front and I have no idea what they are or how to take care of them.  I personally don’t like them very much,…

Thinning Cedar Hedge

Hello. I have a cedar hedge that is probably quite old.  We’ve had the house for 7 years and it was mature then.  It has become quite wide but the problem is, it is thinning.  It is what gives us…

Tree Removal Process

What is the permit process required to remove a dying tree from my backyard?  Will the City plant a laburnum in my front yard at no cost?…

Tree Possibilities

Hello, I am looking for a tree to plant in my front garden. The space is very small – a bed about 6 feet wide by 5 feet long, surrounded by concrete. I have attached a picture, but please note…

Pruning a pear tree

Hello, I live in Don Mills neighbourhood, and wondering if you could help me with a question related to pear tree pruning. We have a mature pear tree in backyard, and wondering if you could recommend a reliable person/company who…

Looking for a recommendation for a city tree

I’d like some advice on selecting a tree from the list provided by the city, to be planted by the city.  My criteria are: fast-growing and hardy tolerant of salt and pests attractive when still quite small ornamental, flowers or…

Choosing a city tree

Thank you for your response! A couple follow up questions… Why might we want to steer away from a large shade tree on our small lot? Just the appearance in proportion to our narrow house? Or impact of the root…