September 13, 2018

Annual Garden Maintenance in Leslieville

Weeding Your Toronto Garden Once a Year


Is such a thing even possible? Lately, I've been dealing with gardens which haven't seen the sight of a trowel or hoe in 2018 or earlier and some of the weeds have been, well, atrocious. So while I don't recommend you ignore your favourite (and likely expensive) patch of green space, working on it (or paying someone) annually may be feasible, as shown in this post.


My client, J-F (I'll use his initials), calls me only once a season to weed, prune and tidy up his very small backyard garden in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood. The garden bed is only about 15' wide by 20' long and, plant-wise, is comprised of several large shrubs and hostas with a tall white cedar hedge acting as a backdrop. 



I've worked here before so I know that while the weeds will be large, the scope of work isn't extensive. Here are some "before" pictures showing the growth since my last maintenance visit in the summer of 2017:



Leslieville Back Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Leslieville Back Garden Cleanup Before 


Leslieville Toronto Garden Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Leslieville Toronto Garden Cleanup Before 


I also weed this small paved area connecting the front and back of the house:


Toronto Garden Cleanup Before in Leslieville by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Garden Cleanup Before in Leslieville 

This year, J-F has asked me to weed his driveway and a small raised bed under the stairs:



Hire a Toronto Gardener in Leslieville Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Hire a Toronto Gardener in Leslieville Before 




Toronto Garden Cleanup Before in Leslieville by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Toronto Garden Cleanup Before in Leslieville 



Afterwards......




Leslieville Back Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Leslieville Back Garden Cleanup After 




Leslieville Back Garden Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Leslieville Back Garden Cleanup After

I prune back the red-twig dogwood (Cornus alba 'Elegantissima') above on the right  by about 2 feet to control its size. The spirea below the dogwood hasn't been pruned in many years so I reduced it by about half in order to rejuvenate it.



And here are pictures of the interlocking paver path, driveway and street-level raised bed after weeding:



Toronto Garden Cleanup After in Leslieville by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Garden Cleanup After in Leslieville 



Hire a Toronto Gardener in Leslieville After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Company
Hire a Toronto Gardener in Leslieville After 



Toronto Garden Cleanup After in Leslieville by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Toronto Garden Cleanup After in Leslieville 


I'll likely revisit this space next summer and anxiously await for what the garden will present to me then!


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