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



28.9.14

Early fall Baby Point garden clean up in Toronto

Removing garlic mustard, maple saplings, wild grape vines and more from a west end Toronto garden


Lesley and Alan, homeowners of this Baby Point area garden in Toronto, hired me to weed and prune the backyard garden bed that overlooks a ravine. And, yes, the before photos show the ravine trying to reclaim the bed!

This extensive clean up of the large backyard bed, side garden and two front rock gardens took about 10 hours, filled 20 yard waste bags, and left 4 large bundles of twigs and branches.

Prominent weeds include garlic mustard (infesting the entire back bed), maple seedlings and saplings, goldenrod and an out of control wild grape vine.

Here are some before and after shots of the back bed from south to north, looking west:

Baby Point garden cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Baby Point garden cleanup before
 Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto

Baby Point garden cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto
Baby Point garden cleanup after
Paul Jung Gardening Services Toronto

Baby Point garden cleanup Toronto after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Baby Point garden cleanup Toronto after
Paul Jung Gardening Services

Baby Point garden cleanup Toronto before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Baby Point garden cleanup Toronto
before Paul Jung Gardening Services

Toronto Baby Point garden cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Baby Point garden cleanup
before Paul Jung Gardening Services

Toronto Baby Point garden cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Baby Point garden cleanup
 after Paul Jung Gardening Services

Toronto Baby Point garden cleanup Paul Jung Gardening Services before
Toronto Baby Point garden cleanup
 Paul Jung Gardening Services before

Toronto Baby Point garden cleanup Paul Jung Gardening Services after
Toronto Baby Point garden cleanup
Paul Jung Gardening Services after

23.9.14

Toronto garden staging/fall garden cleanup in Mount Pleasant West/Davisville

Toronto garden staging/fall garden cleanup in Mount Pleasant West/Davisville


Richard and Nadia are putting their house on the market and hired me to weed and mulch the front garden to make it presentable to potential buyers. The area is partly a raised bed around a mature linden tree and wraps around the side going to the backyard.

The garden was full of maple saplings, creeping thistle, goldenrod, and petty spurge. After weeding the garden, I applied a layer of mulch to reduce weeding and improve the overall appearance. 

The three garden mums were my idea!



Davisville Toronto garden clean up before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Davisville Toronto garden clean up before
by Paul Jung Gardening Services

Davisville Toronto garden clean up after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Davisville Toronto garden clean up after
by Paul Jung Gardening Services

Davisville Toronto garden clean up after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Davisville Toronto garden clean up after
by Paul Jung Gardening Services

Davisville Toronto garden clean up after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Davisville Toronto garden clean up after
by Paul Jung Gardening Services

Mount Pleasant West Toronto garden clean up before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Mount Pleasant West Toronto garden clean up before
by Paul Jung Gardening Services

Mount Pleasant West Toronto garden clean up after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Mount Pleasant West Toronto garden clean up after
by Paul Jung Gardening Services

Toronto garden clean up Davisville before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden clean up Davisville before
by Paul Jung Gardening Services

Toronto garden clean up Davisville after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden clean up Davisville after
by Paul Jung Gardening Services

Toronto Mount Pleasant West garden clean up before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Mount Pleasant West garden clean up before
by Paul Jung Gardening Services

Toronto Mount Pleasant West garden clean up after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Mount Pleasant West garden clean up after
by Paul Jung Gardening Services

21.9.14

Bedford Park garden clean up

A late summer garden clean-up in the mid-town Toronto neighbourhood of Bedford Park.




It's early September and I was hired by Sharon to weed her back yard garden beds.

 In the following pictures, you'll see a wonderful assortment of mature weeds "native" to Toronto! These include Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense), Lamb's quarters (Chenopodium album), Ragweed (Ambrosia spp.), Yellow Nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus), Goldenrod (Solidago)  and some type of mint creeping from the neighbour's yard.


Besides hauling out the 10 yard waste bags, I was amazed at how the hostas actually survived under all the weeds. Now these are tough perennials!



Bedford Park Toronto garden cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Bedford Park Toronto garden cleanup before
Paul Jung Gardening Services

Bedford Park Toronto garden cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Bedford Park Toronto garden cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services

Bedford Park garden cleanup before Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services
Bedford Park garden cleanup before
 Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services

Bedford Park garden cleanup after Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services
Bedford Park garden cleanup after
 Paul Jung Toronto Gardening Services

Toronto garden cleanup Bedford Park before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden cleanup Bedford Park before
Paul Jung Gardening Services

Toronto garden clean up Bedford Park after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden clean up Bedford Park after
Paul Jung Gardening Services

Toronto garden cleanup Bedford Park before  Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden cleanup Bedford Park before
 Paul Jung Gardening Services

Toronto garden cleanup Bedford Park after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto garden cleanup Bedford Park after
Paul Jung Gardening Services

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