Nothing is more frustrating to the home gardener than the threat of an insect invasion or fast spreading plant disease destroying the beauty of your home landscape. Adding to the anguish of possibly losing some of your favourite trees and shrubs is the difficulty of figuring out what the problem actually is and what to … Continue reading The 5 Most Common Pest and Plant Plagues in Ontario
Many experienced, confident gardeners become unusually nervous when you hand them a pair of pruning shears. What, when and how to prune ornamental trees and shrubs often seems much more challenging than planting, fertilizing and mulching. After all, if you cut the wrong limb, it can take years to grow back. At the same time, … Continue reading How Do I Prune My Trees and Shrubs?
For those who love having a manicured lawn, weeds are public enemy number one, spoiling an otherwise soft expanse of beautiful green grass. The first step toward weed control in your lawn is keeping your grass healthy and vigorous. Dense, actively growing turf is less likely to play host to invading weeds. Still, it’s impossible … Continue reading Weed Control for Growing Lawns
There are plenty of different approaches to the care and maintenance of lawns. Some people are happy to cut every couple of weeks and leave it at that, while others view lawn maintenance as an ongoing challenge and responsibility. Some will spend hours every weekend trying to produce perfect, weed-free, evenly grown turf. For the … Continue reading Turf Care Basics
With an abundance of home and landscape improvement shows on major television networks, not to mention any number of magazines devoted to garden and landscape design, many homeowners have turned into avid do-it-yourself weekend warriors. While it’s good for both the body and soul to get outside and work in the yard, it is important … Continue reading The Importance of Designing Before You Plant
Sometimes the smallest things create the largest impact in the landscape. Bulbs and perennials are a great example. They start small, but explode into fields colour at certain times of year. To get the best effect from bulbs and perennials, there should be lots of them. A few are nice, but a few dozen can … Continue reading What’s Involved in Bulb Planting and Perennial Division