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Hi, I am re-paving my driveway (1050 square feet) and want to prevent weeds and grass from growing under it. My neighbours did theirs 2 years ago and either the grass or weeds pushed their driveway up and and it cracked causing the grass and weeds to grow throughout. Having your driveway paved isn’t inexpensive and should last between 7 and 10 years if well maintained. Any suggestions

Posted on March 12, 2017

I would think that a reputable contractor should be able to install a driveway without it heaving and cracking and weeds growing through. I my eyes your neighbour has a warranty claim. That however isn’t your question so on to your question. You could use an underlay called geotech. This is a think fabric and should aid in reducing any movement and will block weeds from pushing through. Good luck with the project.

I planted cultivated cedar hedge two years ago. Should I start to trim them (top and side) now or should I wait another year? I live in Timmins On

Posted on March 12, 2017

Top them now. That’ll put more growth downward into the main trunk and make for a lush hedge. My family hails from Dundas, ON.

I am running out of time to do the final cut for this year on my privit hedge. Can I safely cut it during late Autumn or Winter?

Posted on March 12, 2017

Yes, you can very safely cut it in late Autumn or Winter. In fact that’s the best time because the plant will be dormant.

Our hydrangeas after 20 yrs are no longer blooming and r lacking iron so for the past 6 seasons I have tried iron/chelate and fertilizer with no success. Is ther another shrub that loves the south that is around 5 feet, easy to maintain that would nice with shubert choke cherry trees? Thaxt

Posted on March 12, 2017

Other Full Sun shrubs, that would get about 5 feet, would include: Cistena Cherry Ninebarks (Satin Chocolate, Tiny Wine, Coppertina) Dogwood (Ivory Halo, Red Osier) Lilacs (Wonderblue, Royalty Preston) Blue Muffin Viburnum To name a few… There are lots of options that would fit those characteristics.

We are in Lake Country BC and have a Pinus Nigra tree planted in a large planter. Do we need to cover it with burlap for the winter ?

Posted on March 12, 2017

This is the response from a grower in your area. We’re in Winnipeg so I wanted to get advice from someone that is more familiar with your environment. “I would say no , the plant is Zone 4 hardy and there’s lots of snow in Lake country”

I have spread leaves over my vegetable garden. Should I rototill them into the garden now (fall) or leave them to decay over the winter and rototill them in next spring?

Posted on March 12, 2017

I would do it now and then till some manure and peat in the spring however it’s not a must. So really it’s up to you.

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