15.4.15

A Toronto spring garden clean up in the Summerhill neighbourhood

A Toronto spring garden cleanup on Roxborough St. West


My first garden clean up of the season! I removed the stalks from last year's Purple Coneflowers, Russian Sages, daylilles, hostas and "Annabelle" hydrangeas from this front yard located just north of the Bloor-Yorkville area.

Roxborough West spring cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Roxborough St. West yard spring cleanup before 

Roxborough West spring cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Roxborough St. West yard spring cleanup after 


In the picture below, I'll plant annuals under the old purple leaf sandcherry s to punch up the front bed and add colour until late fall.

Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto Summerhill spring cleanup before
Summerhill neighbourhood yard
spring cleanup before


Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto Summerhill spring cleanup after
Summerhill neighbourhood yard 
spring cleanup after

Summerhill spring cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Summerhill neighbourhood front yard
spring clean up before 


Summerhill spring cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Summerhill neighbourhood front yard
spring clean up after 



Paul Jung Gardening Services Roxborough West spring cleanup before
Roxborough St. West spring cleanup before


Paul Jung Gardening Services Roxborough West spring cleanup after
Roxborough St. West spring cleanup after 

3.3.15

Toronto spring garden cleanups for 2015

Toronto has gone through a really rough winter and your garden beds are showing it! 

A spring garden cleanup is in order to get your garden off to a great 2015. I'll help with your gardening needs by:

  • removing leaves and debris from your garden beds left over from last fall
  • pruning away the dead stalks and leaves from old perennials
  • gently turning over and cultivate the soil in your garden beds, adding new compost or topsoil as necessary to rejuvenate the soil without chemical fertilizers
  • removing any annuals from last year
  • pruning shrubs and small trees for diseased, dead or crossing branches
  • edge, with a spade, your garden beds to create a crisp and tidy look

Call me at 416-515-2780 or email me  info@pauljunggardening.com to set up an appointment soon as my calendar becomes quickly filled starting April 1, 2015.

Tulipa kaufmanniana Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto

6.11.14

North Broadview | Pape Village fall garden cleanup

A late fall garden cleanup in the North Broadview neighbourhood of Toronto


My fall garden cleanups usually involve raking leaves, deadheading perennials and pruning shrubs where appropriate but my latest visit to this North Broadview home involved weeding these three raised beds that were heavily infested with quack grass, lambs' quarters, plantain and even some bindweed!

Post-cleanup, I've suggested planting lower maintenance perennials like ornamental grasses and perhaps a Japanese maple to add some interest to these visible front beds.


Toronto garden cleanup before Broadview North by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden cleanup before Broadview North
 by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto garden cleanup after Broadview North by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden cleanup after Broadview North
 by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto garden cleanup Broadview North before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden cleanup Broadview North before
by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto garden cleanup Broadview North after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden cleanup Broadview North after
by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto garden cleanup before Broadview North by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden cleanup before Broadview North
by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto garden cleanup after Broadview North by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden cleanup after  Broadview North
by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto garden cleanup Pape Village before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden cleanup Pape Village before
by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto garden cleanup Pape Village after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden cleanup Pape Village after
by Paul Jung Gardening Services



Pape Village Toronto garden cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Pape Village Toronto garden cleanup before
by Paul Jung Gardening Services



Pape Village Toronto garden cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Pape Village Toronto garden cleanup after
by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto garden cleanup before Broadview North Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden cleanup before Broadview North
by Paul Jung Gardening Services


Toronto garden cleanup after Broadview North Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden cleanup after Broadview North
by Paul Jung Gardening Services

19.10.14

A new Leslieville, Toronto garden design and installation: a case study

No grass? No problem!


What happens to a small patch of lawn (about 60 square feet) when the homeowner is often away and can't water and mow the area regularly? Well, see below!

Leslieville garden renovation design before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Leslieville garden renovation design before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto

This patch of sod/turf was put in, I'm sure, as a cheap solution by the previous homeowners for this awkward area that leads to the back gate on the left towards the fence (so think of the space as a "L"). Why would anyone plant such a small area of grass and then worry about mowing it? Buying a mower or weed trimmer just for this area seems silly. They left it to the new owner/s' to deal with this problem.

On the right is a raised interlocking patio about 2 feet above and in the foreground the interlocking pavers lead to the garage.




New garden renovation Leslieville before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
New garden renovation Leslieville before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto

New Leslieville garden renovation design before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
New Leslieville garden renovation design before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto


Yes, the very healthy tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) saplings in front of equally vigorous Virginia Creeper vines (which were on their way to engulfing the garage) spelled major maintenance issues in the future.


The client hired me to do something (anything?) that was (get ready...) "no maintenance." I assured her that this was impossible with living objects like plants so, if she didn't want to pour concrete and make this into a pad, some watering and weeding was required on her part.

The site receives full sun for at least 6 hours per day. Functionally, the area leads to a gate to the laneway. The dimensions are roughly 10' in length by 6' across.

The client does not want any flowers (flower scent and attraction to pollinators was not desired.)

I came up with this very rough sketch:

Two rectangular garden beds would be created. One to hold some sort of vine growing up the garage wall and the other for low-maintenance plants with no scented flowers.

The path would either be completely pea gravel or have "stepping stone" pavers if the client didn't want to be kicking gravel walking in this area.

Leslieville new garden plan by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Leslieville new garden plan by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto


Leslieville garden renovation design after by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Leslieville garden renovation design after by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto

Above is the new garden area about a year after the initial installation;

I planted two Jackmanii clematis growing up the garage wall trellises to replace the Virginia creeper. The clematis are better behaved, have wonderful non-scented flowers and, most importantly, can/should be pruned every spring.

In the roughly 3' x 10' rectangular bed, I planted a "Bloodgood" Japanese maple
(Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood') and six "Ice Dance" variegated carex/sedge (Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance')

A 2-3" layer of mulch was added to reduce watering and weeding.

Both beds are "boxed" in by pressure-treated 6" x 10" boards and amended with bags of triple mix (loam, compost and peat).

Rectangles dominated this backyard so creating a curved path with curved garden beds seemed incongruous. The only "irregularity" found was in the pre-cast stepping stones but even this is an illusion since all the stones are identical.


New garden renovation Leslieville after by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
New garden renovation Leslieville before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto

The client and I discussed the materials to be used for the path. I preferred to use random flagstone, dry-laid, for the "L" shaped path but she wanted something less expensive. She decided on using these pre-cast concrete pavers bought from a big box home improvement store. They are set on top of a 4" compacted limestone screening base topped with a thin 2" layer of pea gravel.

I don't love the look of the pavers as they are not random looking (because, well, they're not.)  But the truth of the matter is it's the client's budget so my opinion doesn't really matter.



New Leslieville garden renovation design after by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
New Leslieville garden renovation design after by Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto

This "lower-maintenance" garden involves simply pruning the Carex sedge and clematis every spring. I anticipate the Japanese maple to grow at a medium rate to eventually frame this view as a small tree for the client and her guests entertaining outside.

Something tells me the former tree of heaven saplings would not give the same effect!

3.10.14

Toronto fall garden cleanup in Riverdale

A fall garden cleanup in riverdale: removing a thousand rose of sharon seedlings!


Robert and Caroline, homeowners of this Riverdale garden in Toronto, hired me to weed and prune the front and back yard garden beds as part of a fall garden clean-up.

After 6 hours, I weeded out 3 garden beds full of rose of sharon seedlings (it felt like a thousand, maybe close!) and grass, took down two large rose of sharon shrubs (the source of the seedlings), weeded the front path, mowed both lawn areas and raked up the clippings and leaves as part of the fall garden cleanup.


Here are some before and after shots of the back and front beds:



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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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