Will Your Tree Survive the Winter?

AYLES is hoping to keep you safe this winter. Snow, ice EvergreensSnowC1312_3and wind are dangerous enough without you having to worry about stray limbs and in some cases whole trees falling around you.

It can be difficult to know when tree removal services are necessary in your own yard. Preemptive strikes can save you a lot of risk and peace of mind if you have trees that are in bad condition. There are many things to consider if you are concerned about a tree endangering you and your yard.

Are there dead limbs hanging from the highest branches that could fall and could cause injury or damage? Are there hollowed areas around the trunk or main limbs of the tree, indicating weakened structure and deteriorating health?

V-shaped forks in trees are statistically proven to break more often than any other, including U-shaped forks. It is also good to keep an eye out for heaving soil (soil containing large amounts of moisture) since it can be the warning sign of a poor root system that will fault in bad weather.

Emergency tree trimming is no problem for AYLES. We handle a wide array of problems and work towards the optimal solution for you.

The most important thing to remember is the lifespan of a tree is hard to predict. Just because your tree survived the last eight years through winter and severe storms doesn’t necessarily mean it will stay that way.

Give us a call or contact us online for a free estimate today.

Choosing Your Professional Tree Trimming Services

With the winter season coming closer, AYLES Tree Services
large tree with broken limb wants to help you prepare. Tree trimming is probably on your list to do before major snow hits, but how much do you know about tree trimming services?

The fear of getting taken advantage of when purchasing services we do not use regularly is one we all share. AYLES wants to help reduce your fear. Here is a guide on what to consider when hiring emergency tree service companies:

  • Insurance – Make sure the company you’re looking into takes your type of insurance because not all of them do and the sooner you check, the less you’ll have to worry about.
  • BBB – An inquiry with the Better Business Bureau couldn’t hurt. And if they have accreditation you can rest assured of their quality and reliability.
  • Reputation/Company Image – Ask around to any neighbors or friends who have had work done about the companies they used. Their past experiences/knowledge can help you immensely.
  • Finding the Right Price – The right price can be the hardest thing to nail down when in need of emergency tree service. If other tree service companies are too cheap they may be cutting corners and it may cost you more in the long run. Multiple estimates will be the best route to go with these situations.
  • Compare – By this time, you’ve come down to one or two companies that seem suitable to your needs. From there the only thing left to do is pick one that you prefer or have the exact specifications you need.

AYLES offers a variety of services and flexibility. We also offer free estimates, get one today online.

Charlotte Tree Service: Why Call on Ayles

WheelbarrowTreeHC1303If you’re a resident of Charlotte, tree service is probably one of the seasonal items on your outdoor to-do list. Whether its tree trimming during the summer, or making sure that your yard is prepared for the cold of winter, it’s important to take steps to keep the green spaces around you healthy and thriving.

When it comes to your trees, we can help.

As a tree service company that serves the Greater Lansing area, we pride ourselves on the excellent service we provide to our customers. We have clients that have been with us for more than 10 years. Here are just some of the reasons they’re happy to call us whenever they need tree service on their property:

Tree and Landscape Expertise

We know trees. Our knowledge and skills come from long experience in the business. We know Michigan’s seasons, and the trees and shrubs that thrive best in this environment. You get the benefit of that expertise for every job that we do for you.

We have state-of-the-art equipment and staff who are highly experienced in using them. We can recommend the most efficient and affordable ways to do whatever you need to do. For example, along with expert tree trimming and removal, summer is also the best time to install cables to preserve mature specimens and protect your property.


When we take on a job, you can be sure that you can count on us to do it well and on time. We understand that prompt tree service, even in difficult settings, saves a property owner money and time, as well as maintains utmost safety. This is one of the reasons we use professional-grade equipment. We know that you count on us, so we only use the best equipment available.


You get the best value for your money. No matter how big or small the job is, from tree transplanting to stump grinding, we make sure that our services are affordable to our customers.

Customer Service

We are a customer-friendly tree service company. We serve both residential and commercial client, and our services are tailored to meet your needs. Whether you want to protect a prized tree, or clear a big lot, you’ll get our undivided attention and expert advice.

Long-term View

Our highly-trained team keeps up with the latest in tree care and landscaping methods. We share our knowledge with our customers so they can protect their properties in the best way possible. For example, we routinely provide advice on tree diseases that are currently of concern to Michigan landowners. We understand that healthy trees are an investment, and we want to help you preserve them.

As a premiere tree service company in the mid-Michigan area, we take pride in our work. Our long-term customers return year after year precisely because of the high quality we provide. Call us today at (517) 484-8318 to find out for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

How to Avoid Tree Transplant Shock

TitleEvery year, countless trees and shrubs are planted in the mid-Michigan area and elsewhere. No matter what the source materials are, many homeowners and gardeners find that the new tree transplant isn’t doing as well as expected in the new location. This condition, a result of the physical stresses of root loss, is called transplant shock.

When a tree is dug up and re-planted, a big portion of the root ball is often lost. It takes a while for the plant to recover. Transplant shock results in the plant becoming more vulnerable to diseases, insects and adverse environmental conditions such as drought. The period between transplant and recovery, which may last up to three years, is very critical to a tree’s survival and long-term health.

A few key practices are important during this root re-establishment phase, for a transplanted tree to ultimately thrive in the new site:

Prepare the new site carefully

Digging a hole for a tree transplant involves more than just putting a spade to the ground. You must measure the root ball to determine what size the hole needs to be. The hole should be at least 2x wider than the root ball, and as deep as the previous planting site.

Transplant shock is also minimized when the roots are exposed to the elements for a shorter period of time. So as much as possible, dig the new hole first, and move the plant into it as soon as possible. Otherwise, cover the root ball with wet newspaper or burlap and keep the transplant out of direct sunlight.

Support the tree transplant with stakes

In addition to providing nourishment, roots also anchor the tree to the ground. A newly-transplanted tree will not have sufficient support until new roots have grown into the transplant site. Adding stakes, and retaining them for a year or two, will help stabilize the tree until enough roots have grown.

Encourage root growth

During the first year after a tree transplant, the goal of the gardener must be to encourage root growth and re-establishment. Fertilize the planting soil with root boosters such as bonemeal. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers that encourage foliage growth, which only stresses out the roots even more.

Keep the soil evenly moist

With the root system compromised, a transplanted tree will be unable to withstand any extremes in water supply. Protect it from both drought and excess water. Check the soil regularly; the soil one inch below the surface near the base of the tree should be moist.

Protect from disease and insects

Any plant in your property should be watched for evidence of insect infestation or disease. But this is even more important for newly-transplanted trees. A thriving plant may be manifesting transplant shock through its susceptibility to pests and diseases. Keep an eye on your new trees, especially over the first year.

When you start with healthy plants, and follow these tips to avoid tree transplant shock, you will ensure that your new trees and shrubs will thrive in their new environments.

Source Materials for Tree Transplants in Mid-Michigan

Dad-Son-Planting-Tree-TransplantWhenever you dig up and transfer a growing tree, considerable stress is placed on its roots. This stress, unless minimized, will have an impact on the future growth and health of the plant. Minimizing the stress starts with choosing the source material for tree transplants.

The type of source material is one of the most important factors that will determine whether a tree flourishes in its new location or dies out in few months.

There are several types of transplant source materials to choose from, including container-grown, field dug, bare root, and balled and burlapped. Each production method is described below, to help you decide which to choose for your next tree transplanting project.

Container-Grown Plants

Container-grown plants are grown in a pot or container over a full season or more. This method offers the big advantage of preserving all the roots within the container. It minimizes injury to the roots and limits the possibility of transplant shock. A container-grown plant maintains almost 100% of its ability to absorb water and nutrients immediately after transplanting.

These container trees are usually small and easy to handle, even for growers and home gardeners who do not have large equipment. However, deformed roots may form as a result of the prolonged period in the container. Such “rootbound plants” have entangled roots that take the shape of the inside of the container. The roots must be loosened a bit before planting to prevent the condition from limiting future growth.

Field-Dug Plants

Field-dug tree transplants are first grown on a field and dug out, either with soil still attached to the roots, or as bare-root plants. They are then placed in containers and displayed for sale. The best field-dug plants have been allowed to spend a full season growing in a container before they are sold. However, it’s more often that plants are dug-out and placed immediately on display. The best growers will allow the roots to acclimatize to the new container before selling the plant.

Bare-Root Plants

Bare-root plants are easy to handle, store and ship. Most of the roots remain after harvest, and are trimmed as needed. To maintain health and minimize transplant shock, bare-root plants should be planted while they dormant. Large bare-root trees intended for landscape projects need to be staked when they are planted.

Balled and Burlapped Trees

A balled-and-burlapped tree is grown on the field, and dug out, retaining as much of the roots and attached soil as possible. The root ball is then wrapped in burlap and tied with twine. The best tree transplants have large intact root balls, which helps minimize transplant shock.

Large-sized landscape trees and bushes are harvested and sold as balled-and-burlapped plants. Water use and potential for root recovery are essential factors for a successful tree transplant. Balled-and-burlapped trees do best when moved in the early spring, fall and winter.

Machine-Dug Trees

Machine-dug trees are large trees that are dug out using a tree spade, and then moved to a different location. This method often requires hiring an expert tree service company with the right equipment for the job. An experienced professional will ensure that the root ball remains intact as much as possible, to maximize the tree’s health and recovery after the transplant.

These are just some of the sources of tree transplants available for growers, landscapers, and home gardeners. An expert tree service company will be able to provide more information and the equipment you will need for your project.

Spring cannot come soon enough!

lilac in spring Before you know it the snow with be gone and the flowers will start to pop out of the ground. Spring is upon us. The wonderful season of beautiful colors. Tree’s blossoming, sweet smells of Lilac and Honeysuckle, and green grass. Instead of hibernation everyone will be out in their yards. Working in their garden’s and landscaping.

Pink Trumpet Tree

Keep Ayles Tree Service in mind for Tree Removal, Tree Trimming, Stump Grinding, as well as Tree Planting and Transplanting.

Ayles Tree Service has been serving the Lansing Area  for over 50 years! Including but not limited to:

  • Potterville
  • Charlotte
  • Olivet
  • Bellevue
  • Mason
  • Eaton Rapids
  • Holt

Seasonal Weight Restrictions

Posted on February 23, 2012.

Seasonal Weight Restrictions are in effect starting Monday, February 27, 2012 at 6:00 a.m. until further notice on roads under the jurisdiction of Ingham County Road Commission.