Shady Lane’s tree care experts sound off on matters related to sustainable, smart urban forest management

  • Discover Jason Deveau's recent article about collaborating with one of our skilled arborists at Shady Lane Expert Tree Care. Visit our page to read more.

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  • Magnolia scale is showing up this season. We have not seen this insect for a few years. This cyclical insect must be dealt with in the appropriate manner and timing is essential.

  • At Shady Lane Tree Care, we would like to take a moment to inform you about a concerning tree disease known as Oak Wilt. As a trusted tree care company, providing you with important information regarding this issue is essential.

  • The biggest box tree moth larvae we have seen so far this season and is about ready to pupate. Then they will return in July to start eating again.



  • Our dedicated team of experts can handle any aspect of home pest control indoor and outdoor. Below is a list of pest services we offer. All of our services are environmentally sensitive pest management for your trees, shrubs and home.


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  • Overwatering damage to trees and shrubs is an overwhelming problem usually as the result of the misuse of underground sprinkler systems.

  • HOSTS; The favourite hosts of the Fall Webworm include Walnut, Cherry, Hickory, Crabapple and Birch trees.  They have been known to feed on at least 88 species of plants.


    Favoured host plants include Apple, Crabapple, Hawthorn, Cherry, Mountain-Ash, Cotoneaster and other members of the rose family.


  • HOST:

    Crabapples and apple vary widely in their resistance to scab. Related (but different) species of the fungus that cause apple scab produce scab on hawthorn, mountain ash and pyracantha.



    Many aphid species feed on only one plant species, while others feed on hundreds of plant species.



    HOST PLANTS:  Ornamental and fruit bearing Pear trees.  Alternate hosts Junipers and Cypress.

  • HOST PLANTS:  Boxwood Buxus spp.


    Blue Colorado Spruce is the primary host. Norway Spruce is resistant. Other spruces and pines are infrequently attacked.


  • As a valued Shady Lane client, you have either received fertilization for your trees and shrubs in the past or already get regular visits for deep root fertilization.  Maybe you have never had fertilization for your trees and shrubs.  This explains why fertilizing is so important.

  • The Spring of 2020 will be remembered for several reasons. The Covid 19 Pandemic, a 2 month drought and the defoliation of thousands of trees throughout York Region.

  • Host Trees;  Norway, Silver, Red, Mountain, Manitoba, Bigleaf and Sugar maples,
  • Fall Webworm is just another insect to plague our trees this season.  Unsightly tents are appearing everywhere.  The favourite host trees of the Fall Webworm include Walnut, Cherry, Hickory, Crabapple and Birch trees.

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  • Compost tea is a fantastic way to reduce the use of high nitrogen and phosphorus-based fertilizers.  The overuse of fertilizers can be detrimental to our water table through leaching of nitrogen and phosphorus into our lakes, rivers, and drinking water.  Compost tea is a natural solution that can

  • Soil is everywhere, and we can take the importance of soil for granted at times.  It filters our rainwater, it anchors our trees shrubs, flowers, and lawns in place.  It allows all plants to grow and thrive in order to produce clean air for us to breathe.  We walk, run, play, and garden in soil,

  • When working in an urban setting trees can often grow beyond the property line and onto neighboring properties.  In many instances the shade and foliage is welcome as long as the tree is not hitting a house or roof line.  Other times people can have pools, sun loving plants and gardens

  • If you have an LDD(gypsy moth) problem on your trees you probably already know it is not very fun and it can be extremely messy.  Let's start with some general information about the problem at hand.  LDD is an insect native to Europe and Asia it has been weakening trees across North Ame

  • Vertical trenching is an incredibly effective way to reduce compaction in you soil and improve the overall health of your soil. Urban landscapes can become compacted or be compacted from existing clay or heavy soils.

  • Throughout the GTA tree by laws are common to protect trees and the urban forest.  So what is a tree bylaw?  This means you cannot cut down trees of a certain size on your property without consulting an arborist and getting a permit from the municipality's forestry d

  • Pruning trees away from hydro lines is commonly thought of as your municipalities or hydro suppliers' responsibility.  Often this is accurate, but in some instances, it is the responsibility of the homeowner.  Hydro lines that run up the laneway of residential properties in rural areas

  • Tree and shrub planting is essential to maintain a great landscape, green communities, and increase property value.  When looking at planting a tree there are some very important factors to consider, you want to ensure you are practicing proper plant placement (PPP).  Choosing the best tree to me

  • Trees need water to thrive and watering your trees can be very simple or rather complex depending on your trees, the property, and existing irrigation systems you have.  

  • Our company slogan is "your satisfaction is our future"   Customer service is why people continue to come back time and time again to choose our team of experts at Shady Lane Tree Care.  Our office is always waiting for your call or email.  So if you have a question or concern we are hap

  • Arborist reports are more and more common these days as a variety of municipalities are implementing tree bylaws for construction and tree removal permits.   We have been completing tree inventories and arborist reports for decades and can work with any municipality on a variety of different proj

  • Our team of Certified Arborists has specialized in the preservation of trees and shrubs for over 45 years.  There is no company more dedicated to our urban forest then the staff of Shady Lane Expert Tree Care.   

  • Cedar hedging a great way to provide privacy to any landscape.  Cedars are evergreens and hold foliage all year to keep green and provide color to the landscape in the winter months.  Cedars can be planted in a row to form a hedge.  Cedar trees if left unkept will begin to grow outward in a tree

  • When choosing to take down or remove a tree you may have a lot of factors and things to consider.  Shady Lane Expert Tree Care can provide on-site advice from an expert in the field of tree health and tree care to help provide sound advice.  Trees can become unsafe from a decline in health or oth

  • Hedges provide an immense amount of privacy and create the setting for a beautiful sanctuary in an urban setting.  Our team of experts can assess the health of your hedge while looking for any insect or disease issues you may have.  Protecting the health of your hedge is the first step to keeping

  • Shrub pruning is a service that Shady Lane has offered from the very start of our business.  Our skilled staff of certified arborists understands that caring for woody plants includes shrubs, hedges and ornamental trees.

  • Shady Lane Tree Care has three different sizes of stump grinders!  We can access any stump no matter how obscure the location.  We have a small unit we even use on roof top gardens and raised planters.  Medium stump grinding machine is for small back gardens and pool side areas.&nb

  • Pruning trees is our specialty!   We have been working on our urban forest in the greater Toronto area for 45 years and running strong.  Trees need pruning for a variety of reasons and we can help you determine what is the best course of action while maintaining the trees health an

  • Proactive approach to tree and plant health care is soil health.  Trees and shrubs need healthy soil and available nutrients to assist with vibrant green growth.  You may be surprised to understand that healthy trees are also less likely to get insect or disease issues.  Healthy trees also have t

  • Gypsy moth caterpillars are expected to reach a high level of infestation this Spring. Timing is crucial to be successful!
  • Mature trees are beautiful and strong. To the untrained eye, they can seem indestructible. However, that’s certainly not the case. Your trees can be damaged in any number of ways, from heavy snow or ice loads to strong winds to the natural repercussions of poorly formed branch unions.

  • Trees provide protection from the wind and sun, enrich your yard and add value to your property. Tree planting in Ontario is an important step in creating an enjoyable yard, and increasing your home’s value. However, it’s not as simple as digging a hole and planting a tree.

  • Mature trees are beautiful, valuable assets for property owners. Not only do they increase the value of your property, act is vital environmental elements, but they also provide protection from sun and wind. However, they’re not impervious.