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Eco-Friendly Plant Healthcare Treatments

Over time, more and more homeowners and gardeners have been calling for eco-friendly plant healthcare treatments. We hear you, and we’re on board with protecting the planet while protecting your trees! It’s important to us to minimize the impact of our work and contribute to healthy ecosystems.

Let’s talk a little more about how Vista Tree incorporates environmentally friendly practices in our tree, shrub and plant treatments.

Saving the Bees

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If you’ve heard anything about eco-friendly gardening, you’ve probably heard how bees are important. Bees contribute to the environment by pollinating all sorts of plants, from flowers to agricultural crops. They also support the growth of other trees and plants, which provides homes for other insects and animals.

To protect bees, Vista Tree avoids spraying chemicals during the flowering season for plants. Spraying during flowering means bees can pick up chemicals from flowers, either killing the bees or spreading chemicals to other plants nearby. Not all chemicals are toxic to bees. At Vista, we always use the least toxic chemical needed for the job.

We limit our use of harsher chemicals to outside these times, focusing on spring and fall for many pest treatments. Your trees and plants aren’t as important as a food source for bees during these months.

Conscious Plant Spraying

Pesticides can easily become airbound, especially in certain weather conditions. Ontario regulates spraying during windy and rainy conditions. This weather can cause pesticides to drift through the air and onto other plants and wildlife habitats. Vista carefully monitors weather conditions when spraying to avoid pesticide drift. If the weather is wrong for spraying, we’ll reschedule your job.

Avoiding drift benefits other neighbouring plants (or your own neighbours’ yards) that may not need treatment. It also helps protect other vulnerable animal species around. This includes frogs, fish in ponds, and other aquatic animals. They can be especially vulnerable because of their porous skin.

Birds are also at risk, as they perch on many plants and travel over longer distances. When we avoid spraying in wind or rain, it helps limit the pesticide to the plant we’re treating.

Biological Pest Control: What Is It?

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Pesticides aren’t the only tool we have to treat plant problems! There are lots of low-intervention methods we use, including treating or adjusting soil, pruning, and using safer products. Plants don’t always need harsh pesticides: some issues can be treated using products that are safe for household usage, like borax, sulphur and soap.

Biological pest control is an important part of what’s called integrated plant healthcare in the arboriculture industry. That’s a fancy way of saying we look at the whole ecosystem and make adjustments to treat plant problems. Biological pest control means managing pests with other beneficial insects.

Many pests we commonly treat, like boxwood moth and LDD moth (gypsy moth), are invasive species. Insects used for pest control are native species that fit into the local ecosystem. These include predator mites, used to treat cedar and spruce mites. Ladybugs are used for aphid management on trees and in flower and vegetable gardens. Lacewings can treat spider mites, aphids, psyllids (plant lice), caterpillars and other insects.

Using beneficial insects is an important part of Vista Tree’s plant healthcare program! It’s an eco friendly garden practice that keeps your garden healthy and can benefit other plants in your yard, not only the ones most affected by pests.

Why Choose Eco-Friendly Plant Healthcare

We all have growing awareness of what we can do to help the environment, from driving more efficient vehicles to banning plastics. With Canada’s bans on cosmetic pesticide application, the days of toxic lawn sprays and ‘do not walk here’ signs are past. Today, you need a license pesticide technician in Ontario to apply many pesticide treatments.

When you work with us, you can rest assured we have appropriate training for any chemicals we use and will be following best practices. That includes application and disposal, meaning we won’t be pouring extra chemicals into your yard or drains and containers will be disposed of safely.

We will work with you to find the lowest-intervention method to treat your plant issue and ensure your other plants and family members, pets, and resident wildlife are cared for in the process.

Contact Vista Tree today for a consultation and we’ll help you find a solution for your plant problem!

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Michael Co-Founder
Michael is a Certified Arborist and founder of the company. He holds a Certificate in Urban Arboriculture (Honours) from Humber College, Certificate in Project Leadership from Cornell, has post-graduate studies in Urban Forestry and Arboriculture from Oregon State College of Foresty and holds a BAH in Ancient History with a minor in Business. In addition to being an ISA Certified Arborist, he is a TCIA Certified Tree Safety Professional, Tree Appraisal Qualified by Arboriculture Canada and holds a Landscape Exterminator license. Michael sat on the Board of Director for the Ontario Commercial Arborist Association in 2022 and 2023. He worked at some of the top arboriculture companies in Southern Ontario before starting Vista Tree Management. Before that, he was an award-winning Executive Director in the nonprofit sector and published marketing consultant. On the rare days off, Michael can be found at home with his family - a loving wife, two daughters and two cats in Central Toronto.
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Vista Tree Management provided an excellent service of removing a large tree from a backyard of my property in Toronto. The whole process of quoting, and doing the job was very efficient, clearly explained and provided as promised. Their price for the serviced was very competitive.
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Everything went smooth, from the initial assessment visit to the email communication to the job getting done! Thank you guys for your professionalism and quality work!!
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We are very happy with all the work Vista Tree Management accomplished on our property.  James was very professional and gave us excellent advice concerning the trimming of our 12 foot cedar hedges and the pruning of our mature silver maple trees.  The crew was very friendly and hard working, they did a tremendous job on the work required and they did an excellent job with the clean up.  We would highly recommend Vista Tree services to our family and friends.  We will definitely use them again for all of our future projects.
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They just did my front lawn, and boy, did they leave a lasting impression!

They were straightforward with the plan - clear and precise, ensuring that I was well informed of the process and outcome. The execution was meticulous and exceeded my expectations. Moreover, the cleanliness post-service was remarkable, leaving no trace of debris or disruption.

They were on time and was the epitome of friendly and cheerful—felt like I had friends over for a garden party!

Overall, their service was excellent at every stage. The inquiry, consultation, customer support, day-of service, follow-up, and payment process were all seamless.

I had peace of mind and very happy with Vista. I highly recommend them to those in need of reliable and thorough tree management service.
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I can’t say enough positive comment about James and Vista Tree. We were “ghosted” by 2 other tree management companies last fall. James came by and provided separate quotes for two very large trees on our property, both of which were a challenge to severely prune. They were a hazard and had to be addressed. The quotes were delivered the next day after assessment. The team was here on two separate days (April 30 and May 7). They were efficient, professional and most importantly safe. Hollis, the arborist who climbed the trees was friendly and communicated everything he was doing to the trees as well as any changes he made once he was up in the tree. The other members of the crew (Syd and Pete, I can’t remember the others) were professional and friendly. They cleaned everything up and were open to any suggestions we had regarding disposal of the wood. I would highly recommend this company. We will be having them back again to do more work, in the fall.
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James was great! Very professional and you can definitely tell he knows what he’s talking about. They provided a quote in a timely manner booked us in for the tree pruning within a few days afterwards. The job was done quickly, professionally and the crew was friendly and polite. They cleaned up everything once the work was completed. Highly recommend!
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Safe, fast, personable team - did a great job with tree trimming and removal! Note: the removal of a tree was not on the original scope and they still made it happen!
By the end of the day, I wouldn’t have even known they were there.
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Very Happy with the professional advice and service we received from Vista which was promptly done. The follow-up to ensure we were happy with the work was appreciated.
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Highly recommend! Michal came by first to take a look at things and provide the estimate. He’s obviously passionate about what he does and I learned a ton about my tree that I had no idea about! He gave me the confidence I needed to schedule the work. James and the “J-Crew” arrived on the scheduled day and were super friendly. The team did an amazing job with trimming my large overgrown maple and a fantastic cleanup job. My yard looked better than before they arrived. Will definitely have them back for future maintenance! Thanks Vista!
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Great service from a great crew of people! The team was amazing from consulting on best ways to tackle the project, safely removing the trees and making sure the job was done to satisfaction. Would highly recommend and definitely use them again.
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These guys are incredibly professional and by far the best arborist that have visited our home. And we've had many!

What impressed me the most was throughout their only concern was safety for my family and our property. With that and that only in mind they made all the cuts and changes that were required. When they left, I felt the most relief I felt about the trees in our backyard in a long time.

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After doing a fair bit of research into Toronto-based arborists, we decided to go with Vista, and are very happy we did! From my first meeting with Mike when he came to give us a free quote, I was impressed with his knowledge and professionalism. Mike and his crew were punctual on the day they came to prune the deadwood from our very large Red Oak tree, answered my questions, and worked for 7 hours straight to get the job done. We were impressed from beginning to end, and wouldn’t hesitate to hire them again!
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