Gardening is a favourite pastime of many Cabbagetown South residents. And the Association supports this with our Guided Garden Tour and Container Garden Contest. Check them out under Events.
Enjoy these Garden related items.
The City of Toronto’s new Urban Forest Program through Parks, Forestry, Recreation provides a free tree to those who apply. You can select from a total of 36 different species. Just list two choices and you will receive 1 tree....for free.
To order your free tree go to http://www.toronto.ca/trees/tree_planting.htm where you will find a form and send it to City of Toronto,Urban Forestry,18 Dyas Road, 1st Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 1V5. 416.338.TREE
LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest.
Since 1996, LEAF has helped citizens plant over 16,000 native trees and shrubs in their neighbourhoods.
Their Backyard Tree Planting Program offers native trees and shrubs to homeowners at a subsidized cost through the contribution of our supporting partners. Our certified arborists will help you make an educated decision about the type of tree that best suits your property, and where it should be planted.
Their service includes:
Native shrubs are available for $25.
To book a consultation or to order shrubs visit www.yourleaf.org or call 416.413.9244.
You will probably want to avoid using Cocoa Mulch.
Going to the snopes website and doing a search on cocoa mulch returns information, last updated in 2009, about the dangers of this mulch which contains Theobromine.
This is the ingredient in chocolate that can cause death, particularly in dogs.
Here is a link to information about this brand of mulch, showing the presence of Theobromine.
One suggestion in the article says that 98 out of 100 dogs won’t eat, but that of the 2 that do, one will suffer physical harm, including death. The odds are still too high.
Just use these simple tips:
Attracting butterflies is one of the most frequently stated reasons homeowners give for planting nature-friendly gardens. To draw butterflies to your garden, and to support the caterpillars that turn into butterflies, grow these plants in your garden: yarrow (Achillea), butterfly weed (Asclepias), aster, coreopsis, and parsley.
Download a free butterfly garden plan at www.bhg.com/butterflygarden
Choose grass-replacement plants for a "lawn" you don't have to mow. http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/easy-ground-covers/