Dandelion mulching or disposal?

I have been served dandelions as a salad, but wonder about whether they can be mulched in the hot sun, so they can be reused as mulch? Do they have to be discarded outside the yard? If they’re dug up…

Winter Newspaper Garden Layering

I reviewed one query in your database about the following. There’s a method of suppressing weeds during the fall/spring using newspapers layered over each other. Would it help during the winter, if there’s some snow/rain, as forecasted in west end…

Chokecherry vs Chokeberry vs European Buckthorn

I am trying to identify a shrub (now about 10 ft tall) in my garden. I suspect that it may be the invasive Buckthorn but find the info online a bit confusing as all three appear similar. I have seen…

Jimson weed

Can you identify this plant? It grows on a single, thick, green stalk, stands six feet tall and has begun to flower into what looks like a trumpet flower. Its leaves are large (12 inches plus) and maple shaped.

A Weed?

Pot, 1/2 day sun, potting soil Hello, I was wondering if you could help me. The leaves are soft and the plant has a flexible stem. I can’t remember if I planted a bulb or a buzzing garden there. Thanks,…

Creeping Charlie and Violets

I live in Scarborough, Ontario – clay soil. Due to unprecedented rainfall this spring, there has been an unwelcome massive intrusion of the above weeds in my backyard. Please let me know how I can eradicate these as they are…

Goutweed Barrier

For years, we have diligently been digging gout weed out of our gardens. It gets in the roots of all our plants, spreads like wildfire and it is driving me crazy. This gout weed is coming under the wooden fence…

New and Everywhere-Creeping Bellflower

I’ve been in my home for over 10 years and never seen this plant before. This year it is everywhere in my front garden. It seems to be doing well in both sun and shade though the garden is mostly…

Identifying and Controlling Invasive Weeds

Hello! I recently enjoyed a presentation at the library on gardening by one of your volunteers. Can you help me identify this weed and offer advice on how to best control it please? They tend to grow tall and out…

Dandelion Season: Taraxacum officinale

I can’t believe I’m asking about something that was part of my Mediterranean diet, when this plant was sought during family outings, but I will ask anyway. What season does the dandelion begin to grow and end, since I want…