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

  • 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.

  • History
    Boxwoods are planted as ornamentals and typically used for edging, as hedges, and/or clipped into different shapes to make topiaries (Figure 1). However when infested, the plants are disfigured by the loss of leaves, by webbing spun by the larvae, as well as larval excrements (Figure 2). Larvae feed principally on leaves of the host but may also attack the bark.

  • Gypsy moth in Southern Ontario is becoming a large scale issue on a variety of hosts.  The preferred species are oak, beech, blue spruce, and maple.  Unfortunately, they will continue to eat on a wide variety of species once the preferred species are defoliated.  Our team of ISA certified arborists will help devise a plan that works best for you and your trees.  Each stage of the insect has a different approach and today I want to talk about the adult stage or the moth sta

  • Magnolia scale if left untreated can kill a mature and healthy magnolia tree.  Our team of plant health care specialists can help with an action plan to save your tree and provide ongoing maintenance.

  • 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 replace the need for fertilizer.  It works through a holistic approach, this approach is about creating healthy soil that will feed your trees naturally.  Compost tea will create healthy soil by addi

  • 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, but do we understand what healthy soil is and how it works?  Let us take a moment to understand how soil cycles, and what this cycling does for soil and trees' health.  In a natural setting, the 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 or want to have more sun in their house or patio.  When dealing with neighboring properties and tree care there are some very important things to consider.  

  • If you have a 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.  Gypsy moth is an insect native to Europe and Asia it has been weakening trees across North America. Gypsy moth was introduced to North America in the 1860’s near Boston and has spread over the past century.

  • 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. Soil compaction can be created by something as simple as a heavily trafficked footpath, machinery from construction, or poor soils that are naturally compacted.

  • 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 department.  Tree by laws first came into place for construction projects to help stop needless cutting and extensive damage to the remaining trees.  Since this time the by law process has be

  • 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 are actually privately owned.  Therefore the tree pruning is the responsibility of the property owner. These lines take a high level of experience and training to work around.

  • 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 meet the site's and clients' needs and expectations.  Planting the best tree possible will save time, money, and maintenance needs in the years to come. 

  • 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 happy to help you out and continue a positive dialogue.  We provide free estimates and set and time to visit you and your trees face to face.  We will send out an International Certified Arborist to asse

  • 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 projects.   

  • 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 form, this is why clipping to maintain a hedge-like form is very important.  If you allow your cedars to grow outward in a tree-like form you will soon start to see through the hedge and begin to lose

  • 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 other outside factors like storm damage or construction impacts.  

    1.  Structural integrity:

  • 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 it thick and full for maximum privacy.  Second step to a healthy hedge is keeping it clipped annually or biannually.  Clipping of hedges is extremely important if you want thick and beautiful results

  • 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. Your shrubbery and gardens are a significant investment and provide great value and aesthetics to the landscape.

  • 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.  This stump grinder can remove a 30 to 40 cm stump with ease.  Our largest machine is track propelled, 72 horse power of pure stump grinding muscle.  We can remove any size stump and even

  • 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 and beauty.   Our certified arborist will visit your house and provide a free consult and estimate for your trees and shrubs.  The site visit will consist of a face to face inspection and

  • 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 the ability to fight off other issues like fungal pathogens, vascular diseases and are less likely to succumb to high wind and snow loading.   Trees are living organisms, in fact on the largest organis

  • 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. There are several important considerations you’ll need to make with Ontario tree planting.

  • 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. In fact, trees can be subject to many different threats, from storm damage to diseases to pests like the emerald ash borer, aphids, boxwood leaf miner and many more. Protecting your trees and other plants is important, but how do you do that?