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Planting and care of your trees and shrubs

Hoopsii Blue Spruce The Green Spot

Hoopsii Blue Spruce. photo: The Ultimate Guide to Cold Climate Gardening.

Hetz Midget shrub The Green Spot

Hetz Midget Globe Cedar. photo: The Ultimate Guide to Cold Climate Gardening.

Dig a hole two to three times the width of the pot but no deeper than the height of the root-ball.

Loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole and fill it one-third with a soil mixture (original soil, manure, and peat).

Remove the plant from the pot.

Loosen the root ball and tease out the roots so that they will grow outward.

Place the root-ball in the hole making sure it is straight and the base of the trunk is slightly above ground level.

Apply MYKE TREE AND SHRUB growth supplement, following the recommendations on the package.

New roots must be in contact with MYKE, so make sure to spread it all around the root-ball.

Fill the hole two-thirds with soil mixture pressing firmly, without compacting, around the root-ball.


Water to settle the soil. Finish filling the hole. Do not place soil on top of the root-ball.

Soil level in the hole should be the same as it was in the container. Deep planting may cause mortality.

Water thoroughly to encourage deep roots.

Regular watering the first year is crucial for the success of your plant.

In the first two weeks and in hot weather, water 3-4 times per week, then twice a week after that.

Adjust watering depending on the soil and amount of rainfall.

For further questions, call us at 204-727-5884

The Green Spot

Evergreens are back in style. You may want to consider:

Evergreen Trees

Picea pungens ‘Hoopsii’ Hoopsii Blue Spruce

Hoopsii is considered to be the bluest form of all the spruces.

It is rapid growing and very pyramidal in shape.

It has stiff, silvery-blue horizontal branches. Grow in full sun to full shade.

Height 25 to 40ft (7.6 to 12 m). Spread 8 to 12 ft (2.4 to 3.6 m). Zone 2.

Pinus cembra Swiss Stone Pine

Slow-growing narrow pine. Forms a dense triangle.

Grow in full sun to part shade and will even grow in full shade.

Height 30 to 40 ft (9 to 12 m). Spread 4 to 10 ft (1.2 to 3 m). Zone 3.

Evergreen Shrubs

Thuja occidentailis Hetz Midget Hetz Midget Globe Cedar

Slow growing evergreen with dark green foliage, maintaining a dense globe shape.

Grow in full sun to full shade.

Height 1.5 to 2 ft (.4 to .6 m). Spread 1.5 to 2 ft (.4 to .6 m). Zone 3.

Thuja occidentalis ‘Little Giant’  Little Giant Globe Cedar

A miniature globe cedar. Very rich dark green dense foliage.

An excellent dwarf cedar for flower beds, rock gardens, perennial beds and small shrub beds.

Grow in full to full shade. Height and spread 2 to 2.5 ft. (.6 to .8 m). Zone 3.

The Ultimate Guide to Cold Climate Gardening by Bernie Whetter, owner of the Green Spot




Lawn Guardian The Green Spot

Canadian beneficial Nematodes

• Lawn Guardian is a package of Canadian beneficial Nematodes that will help you naturally control insects in your lawn and garden.
• This one particularly focuses on the June-Japanese Beetle and European Chafer.
• Once applied, it will hunt down and kill the grubs before they are able to transform into the beetle.

A slice of cityscape

Old&new bldg photoby Jo-Anne Douglas

Fraser Sneath Block, Scotia Towers

photograph by Jo-Anne Douglas


 Iron Earth Soil Re-Mineralizer

• Iron Earth is highly compressed, natural, organic humus, formed through the biological breakdown of plant life over 75 million years old.
• Add Iron Earth to your garden soil and planter pots to provide the naturally occurring nutrients necessary for optimal plant growth, and excellent plant health.
• Also available at The Green Spot
Marlene LeFlar

Marlene LeFlar, co-owner, Lasting Image

Pictures are often hung on a wall too high – they are best viewed at eye level.

As a guide, hang pictures:

  • about 60 inches from the floor to the centre of the picture.
  • over a sofa with about 5-10 inches of space between the top of the sofa back and the bottom of the frame.
  • above furniture with about 3-6 inches from the top of the furniture to the bottom of the frame.

Make a paper template the size of the picture and attach it to the wall with painters tape.

You can place the template at various heights to locate the spot you like best.


Cross Stitch Marlene Leflar Lasting Image custom framing


Stitched by Marlene Leflar