Fighting invasive tree-of-heaven

This summer, I’ve been battling tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima) like never before. We’ve written before about this struggle, but I’ve never seen it keep coming back so aggressively from the root – till now. Ailanthus is an alien species (read more about it in our previous post), that has become a regular citizen of Toronto’s unguarded laneways and unclaimed […]

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Wordless Weedsday: Acer platanoides

Yes, weedsday; you read that right. Norway maples, Acer platanoides, Toronto’s most dominant (in so many senses) street tree. You can’t garden in Toronto, especially its east end, without grappling with these non-native giants; trees that are as voracious as they are fecund. But, gee, they have pretty flowers. They’re all chartreuse and fluffy-y.  From […]

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Mulch ado about weeding

What’s black and white and mulch all over? Yes, newspapers. With a family addition nearly due to distract them, our neighbours G. and W. are cleverly smothering a former weed patch in their garden with newspapers, topped with a few inches of woodchips. That should keep weeds down to a dull roar while the new […]

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It’s all my fault

“That’s man for you; blaming on his shoes the faults of his feet ” – Samuel Beckett (Waiting for Godot) Okay, I admit to a certain culpability. I complain about the Norway maples, but many of my problems are of my own making. The hours I spent de-mapleifying my garden today might have something to […]

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