Proper Poinsettia Pampering

Proper Poinsettia Pampering

Poinsettia’s are undoubtedly one of the most popular holiday plants with thousands finding their way home over the month of December. It’s tragic when these Christmas Blooms don’t survive until the New Year so here’s a few tips to keep them fresh and green into 2019...
Caring for a Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

Caring for a Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

There’s nothing that says Christmas more than the heady aroma of a fresh cut Balsam or Fir. These seasonal emblems are so surrounded in holiday tradition that fresh cut trees for Christmas date back to the 16th century. They are not without challenges though,...
Dividing Perennials in Autumn

Dividing Perennials in Autumn

A close friend is moving this fall, away from her cherished gardens. The new home has established beds, however is certainly lacking in comparison from whence she came. All things considered the move has come at an opportune time from the perspective that several of...
Bringing butterflies to your garden 

Bringing butterflies to your garden 

With Monarch butterflies nearing the endangered species list it’s so important to help these valuable pollinators find a safe haven. Besides their obvious beauty butterflies hold an important place in our ecosystem so let’s discuss some great ways to bring...
The history of Japanese Maples

The history of Japanese Maples

One of our all-time-favourite landscape staples, the Japanese Maple has a long and storied history. With all season interest and spectacular fall colour the Acer palmatum never fails to impress. The delicate leaves are intricately serrated and have an almost jagged...
Father’s Day Activities

Father’s Day Activities

We all know that the best gift you can give Dad is the gift of time spent together. Here are some great ideas for fun activities this Father’s Day. Go fishing What dad doesn’t love to fish? We’re blessed to be so close to Lake Ontario, a lake with a...
6 Tips to a Greener Lawn

6 Tips to a Greener Lawn

Use a slow-release fertilizer to maintain a green lawn. It won’t yield instant results but will maintain the colour and health of your lawn over the season. Spot train pets. If you have a dog you’re likely going to have some damage to your lawn. Teach Fido...
Seed Starting Technique

Seed Starting Technique

It’s still cold and the ground is still frozen but the warmer temperatures earlier this week have us thinking about spring. One of the most exciting parts of any new garden season is the planting of new material in our beds. Be they flowers or vegetables the...
Building an Evergreen Wreath

Building an Evergreen Wreath

There are a lot of different wreath forms you can use as the base of your wreath. It really depends on the actual type of look you are going for. A styrofoam wreath form is well suited to plastic or silk flowers or wreaths where you are gluing the media to the base,...
What’s Bugging You? Blossom End Rot

What’s Bugging You? Blossom End Rot

A dark sunken or water-soaked spot at the bottom of a tomato is the classic symptom of blossom-end rot. This relatively common garden problem has been especially prevalent this year. The problem itself is is not a disease, but a calcium deficiency within the plant. It...
Lawn Care & Spot Repair

Lawn Care & Spot Repair

This week we’re going to talk about lawn repair. It’s been damp this spring and the weeds are in full effect so weed control may have left empty patches in your lawn, or perhaps you have a pooch leaving his mark, or maybe the neighbour’s...
What’s Bugging You? European Sawfly

What’s Bugging You? European Sawfly

We think of evergreens as sort of indestructible, but there’s a evil presence lurking among the pine needles. The European Sawfly, and frankly they kind of make our skin crawl. They’ve been especially nefarious this season with their pupating bodies...
Small Space Gardening

Small Space Gardening

Do you live in a townhome or condo? Dreaming of a garden all your own? Don’t despair there are options for even the smallest spaces. Micro-gardening is actually a growing (ha ha) trend. Vertical Garden Add greenery with a garden tower. These nifty planters have...
Proper Planting Techniques

Proper Planting Techniques

One of the number one killers of flowers, trees and shrubs is improper planting technique. It’s unfortunate as the plant never has an opportunity to thrive, making it more susceptible to pests and disease. A few standard techniques should help your new addition...
Mother’s Day Activities

Mother’s Day Activities

Are you looking to do something different this Mother’s Day? Forget breakfast in bed and try one of this unique activities: Arrange a family Lip Sync Battle – Crank the tunes and take turns serenading mom with a favourite song. The memories (and video)...
Creating a Meditation Garden

Creating a Meditation Garden

Meditation has been proven to improve quality of life so it only makes sense to do so amidst the other life improving past time of gardening.  In fact it is said that Meditation can Reduce stress Improve concentration Increase self-awareness Increase happiness Slows...
Adding Spring Interest

Adding Spring Interest

It’s finally time to start seeing some colour in the garden! Early this time of year if you planted bulbs last fall you’ll begin to see them emerging from the soil. But if you didn’t plan ahead last year and are still craving some spring interest all...
Easter and Your Pets

Easter and Your Pets

It’s a cruel trick of nature that some of the most beautiful, colorful springtime plants pose a deadly temptation to the four-legged members of your family. Some pets will leave house plants alone and others are quick to munch on leaves. In the case of cats there are...