We bought a property in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, May 1st 2004, with a quarter acre of garden left fallow for five years. I limed, fertilized and reseeded the lawns front and back several times. I had no previous experience of gardening and had moss etc removed by a landscaper. Cedar trees along two sides of the front lawn were damaged beyond hope by deer so I removed them and planted twenty seven leylandii trees, asked my wife to annoint them with pink ribbons on the advice of a Glaswegian expat and they flourish, some now over six feet tall. The rear lawn, fenced to exclude ravenous deer, is thriving and I reseeded the front again yesterday but the soil, over granite, is not deep and there are yellow patches. There are trees, including a dogwood and a cherry planted by us, bushes and plants that thrive. A grapevine thrived without producing unfortunately. It all but consumed an unassuming pear tree and is known locally as the woolly mammoth. See picture at: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=4849&referrerid=414. Perhaps you can advise. Jim Dodds - Amateur.