May 02, 2016

Roncesvalles, Toronto spring garden cleanup

A Spring Garden Cleanup in Roncesvalles Village


Another April has come and gone with lots of "spring cleanups" done and more scheduled for May. This post covers a small job done in the west-end Toronto neighbourhood of Roncesvalles Village over the past weekend. Nothing too complicated here, just raking up all the old leaves from last autumn and weeding the paver path on a glorious sunny day.



Roncesvalles Toronto spring garden cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Roncesvalles Toronto spring garden cleanup
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services



Roncesvalles Toronto spring garden cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Roncesvalles Toronto spring garden cleanup
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Roncesvalles Toronto spring garden cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Roncesvalles Toronto spring garden cleanup
before Paul Jung Gardening Services


Roncesvalles Toronto spring garden cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Roncesvalles Toronto spring garden cleanup
after Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto Roncesvalles spring garden cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Roncesvalles spring garden cleanup
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto Roncesvalles spring garden cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Roncesvalles spring garden cleanup
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto Roncesvalles spring garden cleanup before  Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Roncesvalles spring garden cleanup
before  Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto Roncesvalles spring garden cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Roncesvalles spring garden cleanup
after Paul Jung Gardening Services


Roncesvalles Toronto spring garden cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc
Roncesvalles Toronto spring garden cleanup
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc


Roncesvalles Toronto spring garden cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc
Roncesvalles Toronto spring garden cleanup
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc

April 26, 2016

Riverdale ecological garden spring cleanup

Getting ready for the pollinators with a spring garden clean up in Riverdale


I've profiled this Riverdale garden previously but those posts showed the garden during in its August glory. Here are some links showing the many native species of perennials and shrubs in this garden:




Coming out of winter, there are remnants of last season's AgastachePenstemon, Rudbeckia and Vernonia (and many otherswhich I did not cut down last autumn. The client wanted the seeds to be available for hungry birds during a long and harsh winter.

This spring cleanup is straight-forward: cutting all the perennials to the base. The only weeding to speak of is removing the many baby Siberian squill trying to establish themselves and taking over the beds.

It's amazing how fast these beds will be filled with flowers and pollinators in about a month. There will be a frenzy of activity soon enough...


Toronto Riverdale spring garden cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Riverdale spring garden cleanup
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services



Toronto Riverdale spring garden cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Riverdale spring garden cleanup
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services




Toronto Riverdale spring garden clean up before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Riverdale spring garden clean up
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services




Toronto Riverdale spring garden clean up after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Riverdale spring garden clean up
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services




Riverdale Toronto spring garden cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Riverdale Toronto spring garden cleanup
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services




Riverdale Toronto spring garden cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Riverdale Toronto spring garden cleanup
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services




Riverdale Toronto spring garden cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Riverdale Toronto spring garden cleanup
before Paul Jung Gardening Services




Riverdale Toronto spring garden cleanup after  Paul Jung Gardening Services
Riverdale Toronto spring garden cleanup after  Paul Jung Gardening Services




Riverdale Toronto spring garden clean up before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Riverdale Toronto spring garden clean up
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services




Riverdale Toronto spring garden clean up after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Riverdale Toronto spring garden clean up
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services


A native Geum that is just emerging:

Geum triflorum Prairie Smoke in a Riverdale Toronto spring garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke) in a
Riverdale, Toronto spring garden

April 24, 2016

Toronto spring garden cleanup in North York

Dealing with ornamental grasses in a Toronto spring garden cleanup


The biggest tasks in this North York, Toronto garden at this time of the year is cutting back and dealing with the dried ornamental grass leaves that were left on over the past winter. It was a little tough dealing with the woody-like dried stems but my sharp loppers made steady and efficient progress. Being warm season grasses, these Miscanthus sinensis (Maiden grass) cultivars will start pushing new leaves when the temperatures increase a little more in another month.



North York Toronto spring garden cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
North York Toronto spring garden cleanup
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services


North York Toronto spring garden cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
North York Toronto spring garden cleanup
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services



North York Toronto spring garden clean up before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
North York Toronto spring garden clean up
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services


North York Toronto spring garden clean up after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
North York Toronto spring garden clean up
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services



North York Toronto spring garden cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc
North York Toronto spring garden cleanup
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc



North York Toronto spring garden cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc
North York Toronto spring garden cleanup
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc



These two small beds just had a few perennials like lavender and Japanese Forest Grass that needed a little tidying up.



North York spring garden clean up before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
North York spring garden clean up before
by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto


North York spring garden clean up after by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
North York spring garden clean up after
by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto


North York spring garden cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
North York spring garden cleanup before
by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto



North York spring garden cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
North York spring garden cleanup after
by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto



April 16, 2016

Etobicoke, Toronto spring garden clean up

Another Toronto spring garden clean up...


The weather has literally "turned on a dime" with temperatures now in the high teens (Celsius) or upper 60s F. It's hard to believe it was snowing just a week ago! I've been busy with "spring cleanups" for clients and this post outlines getting another garden ready for the all-too-short growing season in Toronto.

In this west-end Toronto backyard garden, I suggested to the client last fall to leave the Rudbeckia, Echinacea, Liatris and other seed-bearing perennials alone for the winter so that birds can feed over a harsh Toronto weather. The before and after pictures show, typically, many of the perennials that now could use some cutting back.

Last year, we planted Butterfly weed, beebalm and penstemon so I'm excited to see how this pollinator-friendly garden develops!


Toronto Etobicoke spring garden cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Etobicoke spring garden cleanup
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services

Toronto Etobicoke spring garden cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Etobicoke spring garden cleanup
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Etobicoke spring garden clean up before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Etobicoke spring garden clean up before
by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto



Etobicoke spring garden clean up after by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Etobicoke spring garden clean up after
by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto


Toronto Etobicoke spring garden cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Etobicoke spring garden cleanup
before Paul Jung Gardening Services



Toronto Etobicoke spring garden cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Etobicoke spring garden cleanup
after Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto Etobicoke spring garden clean up before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Etobicoke spring garden clean up
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto Etobicoke spring garden clean up after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Etobicoke spring garden clean up
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Etobicoke Toronto spring garden cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Etobicoke Toronto spring garden cleanup
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Etobicoke Toronto spring garden cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Etobicoke Toronto spring garden cleanup
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Etobicoke Toronto spring garden clean up before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Etobicoke Toronto spring garden clean up
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Etobicoke Toronto spring garden clean up after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Etobicoke Toronto spring garden clean up
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services



Siberian squill Scilla siberica Toronto Etobicoke spring garden cleanup Paul Jung Gardening Services
Siberian squill (Scilla siberica)
Toronto Etobicoke spring garden cleanup
Paul Jung Gardening Services

Bordering on being invasive, the garden has a small (but expanding!) patch of squill but it's located way in the back and gives a nice blue colour when nothing else is blooming. This spring bulb will go dormant by June with the summer heat so I took this picture while the time was right.

April 14, 2016

Spring garden cleanup in the Summerhill area of Toronto

A small Toronto garden spring cleanup in the Summerhill neighbourhood



Spring 2016 finally is starting to feel like spring although, to be honest, it was hailing a little during this cleanup the other day. This small mid-town Toronto backyard had a lot of maple and Ginkgo leaves on the ground left from last fall. Removing the partly decomposing leaves was the bulk of the cleanup, along with tidying up the sedges (Carex "Ice Dance")  in front of the water feature which had just a little bit of winter-kill. The spiraea, near the statue, was also pruned lightly to remove some dead tips and inner stems.




Toronto Summerhill before spring garden cleanup by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Summerhill before spring garden cleanup
by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Summerhill Toronto after spring garden cleanup by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Summerhill Toronto after spring garden cleanup
by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto Summerhill spring garden clean up before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Summerhill spring garden clean up before
by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto Summerhill spring garden clean up after  by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Summerhill spring garden clean up after
by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto Summerhill spring garden cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Summerhill spring garden cleanup before
by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto Summerhill spring garden cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Summerhill spring garden cleanup after
by Paul Jung Gardening Services



Summerhill Toronto spring garden cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Summerhill Toronto spring garden cleanup before
by Paul Jung Gardening Services



Summerhill Toronto spring garden cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Summerhill Toronto spring garden cleanup after
by Paul Jung Gardening Services



Summerhill Toronto before spring garden cleanup by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Summerhill Toronto before spring garden cleanup
by Paul Jung Gardening Services



Summerhill Toronto after spring garden cleanup by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Summerhill Toronto after spring garden cleanup
by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Summerhill before Toronto spring garden cleanup by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Summerhill before Toronto spring garden cleanup
by Paul Jung Gardening Services



Summerhill after Toronto spring garden cleanup by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Summerhill after Toronto spring garden cleanup
by Paul Jung Gardening Services


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