Fall Lawn Care

Fall Lawn Care

Here are our tips to ensure a greener, less labour-intensive lawn next Spring. Clean Up Rotten leaves wasting away on the surface of your lawn are going to cause a few problems. Not only will the grass underneath die due to suffocation, but infected leaves left on the...
Canning and the Home Garden

Canning and the Home Garden

If you’ve ever had a vegetable garden you know that harvest does not happen in nice meal sized bunches. Instead you are often left with a massive bounty that no one family could ever consume and your neighbours start to hide for fear of being given another bushel of...
Step by Step Tree Planting Guide

Step by Step Tree Planting Guide

1. Now that you have purchased and brought your new tree home, keep the tree watered until you are ready to plant. (On average potted trees are watered every two days, more often in the heat of the summer) 2. When you are ready to plant the tree, dig a hole that is...
Landscape Fabric Best Practice

Landscape Fabric Best Practice

We are often asked about the appropriate use of landscape fabric. This is not surprising considering the counter-intuitive nature of something to prevent growth being added to a garden. Typically landscape fabric use should be limited to: Garden borders / near edging...
Planting Native Species Trees

Planting Native Species Trees

It’s a growing trend among gardeners and landscapers to plant native species. There are many reasons for this, it could be considered part of the larger “green” movement and be the product of a desire to sustain local biodiversity, reducing human impact on the natural...
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 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...