Acidic soil beneath spruce trees can be a challenge when it comes to planting. Common questions are…Will grass grow under a spruce? What can I plant that won’t be damaging to the tree's root system? How much can I build up the soil under the tree?  Because lower limbs have been removed, what options does one have for adding shrubs, perennials and annuals?

84% of Canadians now live in towns and cities. As you might imagine, there are specific issues that arise in an urban setting that are not problems at all in the rural areas of our nation. So, since the vast majority of us are trying to grow plants, trees and flowers in urban settings, what are the specific issues?

Here is a summary:

First, a few one liners:

What has antlers and sucks blood? A moose-quito!
What is a mosquito's favorite sport? Skin-diving!
Why are mosquitos religious? They prey on you!
Why did the mosquito go to the dentist? To improve his bite!

Here are nine Ladybug facts you may not know yet:

The most popular beneficial insect.

Staked and pruned tomato plants tend to produce fewer, but larger, healthier and earlier fruit. Without a lot of effort, you can have success with your crop. There are many established methods, just find the one that works for you and your garden.

Did you know it is possible to change the flower colour of your Hydrangeas? There is an easy trick to do this and it works on all so called Mophead or French Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla varieties), like the popular Endless Summer® The Original, Bloomstruck® and Twist-n-Shout®.  Only the pink or blue flowering varieties can be changed; white flowering varieties will remain white.

My favorite place to get physical exercise is outside, in a garden or landscape…my outdoor gymnasium.

No gym needed