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Landscape meets Curling

December 13th, 2012
Horticulture, Recreation

Never expected to read about Glen Howard in my Turf & Recreation - Landscape Trades magazine. He wasn’t talking curling or beer….but Weedman, the team’s 2012 sponsor. The article, if you can read it, speaks to the challenges of acquiring sponsors for even the world’s top curling team. Weedman has stepped up and used it for their marketing purposes. Great job Glen, Wayne, Brent, Craig. Could you stop by Kleinburg after the worlds and work on my lawn?

National Forest Week

September 25th, 2012

When most of the population of Canada lives in the urban centres, it takes a special week to remind us that there much of Canada is forested  http://www.oforest.ca/index.php/nfw

Saving Ash Trees

August 22nd, 2012

Can we afford to save ash trees? One letter to the editor puts the cost into perspectives to which we all can relate. http://www.yorkregion.com/opinion/article/1489026–saving-tree-would-be-money-well-spent

More Toronto Gardens

June 28th, 2012
annuals match salt and ketchup

More pictures from the Toronto City-Wide Gardens Contest

Toronto Gardens Judge

June 28th, 2012

North York Finalist

Although I cannot divulge the winners, here are some sample pictures from the finalists of Toronto-wide Gardens Contest.  Winners will be announced at a ceremony on October 15.  There were two particularly outstanding submissions in 2012.  Submitted were highrises, commercial properties, residences and residences whose environmental theme precludes grass in the front yard.  One submission was reminiscent of a hobbit home, whose gardens should frequent magazines.  Although most were not professionally designed, one which was is maintained in spectacular fashion.  A secret garden is fashioned into one small front yard while another featured a truly Canadian landscape. The 1970′s decade, represented in an Etobicoke highrise, is contrasted with a newer 2000′s apartment complex.

See more photos at: http://yorkurbanist.com/2012/06/more-toronto-gardens/


Etobicoke Residence

Titan Arum

May 5th, 2012

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1173708–world-s-tallest-flower-has-bloomed-for-the-first-time-in-canada?bn=1 The world’s tallest plant has burst into bloom at the Floral Showhouse in Niagara Falls, marking the first time that a Titan arum has flowered in Canada.


May 5, 2012- The first plant has finally bloomed! Wayne Hoeschle, caretaker of the Amorphophalus Plant, stands beside the massive flower

Toronto Gardens Awards

September 22nd, 2011

invitation to Toronto Gardens Oct 11 11

I am pleased to announce the winners of the Toronto Gardens Contest to be held October 11.

Pruning Techniques

September 2nd, 2011

This time of year finds many of those plants that we love invade our space unintended.  Notwithstanding that I am a landscape ARCHITECT, I continue to be asked, “how do I prune my … shrubs…. roses… trees.  Obligingly, here is the procedure.

“To encourage rapid healing of wounds, make all cuts clean and smooth. This requires good, sharp pruning equipment. Do not leave stubs since they are usually where die back occurs. Avoid tearing the bark when removing large branches. The following provides some specifics on pruning techniques.

Most woody plants fall into two categories based on the arrangement of the buds on the twigs and branches. In general, the bud arrangements determine the plants’s typical growth habit. Buds may have an alternate or an opposite arrangement on the twigs. A plant with alternate buds usually is rounded, pyramidal, inverted pyramidal, or columnar in shape. Plants having opposite buds rarely assume any form other than that of a rounded tree or shrub with a rounded crown. The position of the last pair of buds always determines the direction in which the new shoot will grow. Buds on top of the twig probably will grow upward at an angle and to the side on which it is directed. In most instances, it is advisable to cut back each stem to a bud or branch.  Selected buds that point to the outside of the plant are more desirable than buds pointing to the inside. By cutting to an outside bud, the new shoots will not grow through the interior of the plants or crisscross.

When cutting back to an intersecting (lateral) branch, choose a branch that forms an angle of no more than 45 degrees with the branch to be removed (Figure 5). Also, the branch that you cut back to should have a diameter of at least half that of the branch to be removed. Make slanting cuts when removing limbs that grow upward; this prevents water from collecting in the cut and expedites healing. ”


picture from www.healthierorganics.com

This blog is the result of my daughter’s job. She called from the job site and asked, “How do I…”. I guess folks consider that pruning is an inherited type of gene.