Many mid-Michigan residents have seen tree service crews in their area busily performing line-clearing work all year. After the harsh Michigan winter storms many municipalities and rural homeowners have seen crews coming in to trim fallen limbs and remove entire trees. In Ayles service area, Board of Water and Light and Consumers Energy are the two main utility companies that provide gas and electric services to property owners in and around Ionia, Clinton, Barry, Calhoun, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston and Shiawassee Counties where Ayles’s services. Board of Water and light services buildings and homes in Lansing. Consumers Energy serves nearly 1.8 million customers in 61 of the 68 counties in Michigan.
Regular Line Clearing
All utilities are required by the state of Michigan to provide regular line clearing work. Because trees are involved in 1/3 of every power outage in Michigan, Consumers Energy provides line clearing on a regular, rotating line clearing schedule. Line clearing is necessary to maintain safe and reliable service to every utility customer. Consumers Energy determines what trees require attention and the property owner is alerted.
Each property owner who has trees that are effected by the line clearing work will be notified. Trees that are deemed a problem will be marked with spray paint so that when tree service crews arrive crew will know whether the tree needs pruning, removal or herbicide applied. This is the best way property owners can know which of their trees are effected by the line clearing services. Property owners can also call the phone number on the notice to get a clearer understanding of what is planned for their property. There are minimum clearance guidelines associated but voltage and electric line type that determines how far away a branch or tree need to be to achieve the line clearing needed. Consumers Energy has posted clearance necessary to reduce tree-related outages here.
Can anyone provide tree services including line clearing services?
The utility companies do not always have enough staff or equipment to keep up on line clearing each year and often contract with local professional tree services in the mid-Michigan area. Ayle’s tree service works closely with many municipalities, utility companies, and private homeowners to keep power lines, people and properties safe. Ayle’s professional tree service crews implement the line clearing service guidelines of the Tree Care Industry Association, the guidelines followed by Consumers Energy and most other line clearing crews.
Line clearing of debris, branches, dead or shallow rooted trees without a tree service professional can be very dangerous. Although in Lansing, Michigan and most mid-Michigan cities, counties and townships there are no permit requirements or special regulations regarding tree removal on private property it is critical to implement responsible safety practices.*
- Always remember electric lines are not insulated and should never be touched.
- Keep ladders off of power lines
- stay clear of power line if you remove any branches or trees
The utility service covers the cost of line clearing services that they determine is important to maintain the safe delivery of electrical service to their customers. Some commercial business owners, local municipalities and home owners prefer to hire a trusted local company they have already used for all their tree and line clearing service needs. However a property owner is solely responsible for paying for tree removal services that the property owner contracts on their own. Some of the benefits of hiring a tree service of your choice for line clearing is that you can specify if you want the line clearing service to include:
- stump removal
- brush removal
- debris removal
- chipping of all wood
Most utilities, including Consumer’s Energy do not remove stumps, cut wood, wood chips or other debris remaining on the property when the line clearing is complete. In some cities there are debris ordinances that carry fines up to $500 for the homeowner if the area is not cleaned up in a timely fashion.
When you need line clearing or a professional tree service for other tree related maintenance contact Ayle’s Tree Service. We are licensed and insured and provide tree pruning, brush clearing, tree removal and stump grinding.
*Ash trees infected with the emerald ash borer disease should be removed and disposed of at specific disposal sites.