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The Encyclopedia of Tree and Lot Clearing: Everything You Need to Know For Your Building Plans

lot clearing remove trees on propertyPrepping for your future building plans is exciting, right? But, one thing you don’t need is the need for tree and lot clearing to get in the way or knock you off schedule. Here is everything you need to know about tree service when it comes to clearing the lot for your new build.

A is for Assessing Your Lot

Many tree services offer a free assessment of your lot, which may include information on viability of trees, placement advice or even a cost estimate.

B is for Business Building Plans

Tree and lot clearing companies often provide services to both private (residential) customers and to businesses who are ready to build. Make sure your chosen tree service works with your kind of lot.

C is for Lot Clearing Costs

Clearing your land for your future building project is a very individualized service. This often makes it difficult to estimate costs sight-unseen. Tree services and other contractors will likely need to take a look at your parcel in order to make an estimate.

E is for Tree Clearing Equipment

An experienced tree clearing contractor will use a wide variety of equipment to get your lot clear. The choice of equipment often depends on the type of vegetation and trees that need to be cleared, but some examples are backhoes, bulldozers, chainsaws and other heavy machinery.

F is for Footprint

For new buildings and beginning construction, your tree service may only need to clear the area of your building’s footprint. The finished “product” will be a clear area of flat soil, ready for the next step.  

G is for Grading for Future Building Plans

If your lot is being cleared for a new building, the next step is often grading or leveling the land. This may or may not be an included part of your lot clearing—be sure to ask your chosen contractor if leveling is included.

L is For Local Laws

Your future building plans have to be vetted with many authorities, councils and city departments, and the same goes for lot clearing. Be sure to check for any laws governing endangered species, special area uses and so forth.

M is for Tree Clearing Methods

There are many different methods when it comes to clearing a parcel. The process your contractor chooses depends a lot on the land being cleared, including factors like size and slope of your lot.

R is for Reviews of Your Tree Service

Be sure to check around prior to choosing your tree service or lot clearing contractor. Check out local reviews of their work, and peruse their website to see if they are professional and knowledgeable.

S is for Service

Typical tree and lot clearing services for future building plans include removal of obstacles, vegetation, trees, bushes and underbrush. Services may or may not include grading, leveling or disposal of timber and other debris. Be sure to check with your contractor to see what is included.

V is for Verify Your Tree Clearing Contractor

Confirm that your tree clearing contractor has the correct clearances, licenses and permissions to help you prep for your future build. In addition, make sure that the company you choose is licensed and bonded.

Clearing your lot is only one of the earliest steps when it comes to your future building plans, but it is an important step nonetheless. Being prepared and knowledgeable about the process can save you both time and money.

Just another stormy day in Mid-Michigan… ‘Tell me, what’s the average cost to remove a tree?’

storm-damaged-tree-average-cost-to-remove-a-treeThe days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and mid-Michigan has already experienced storms causing power outages, down power lines and down trees. It’s only September storm clean up have begun and tree removal service companies in Mid-Michigan have started getting inquiries on what the average cost to remove a tree is.

As you will see by the picture, this family home in Charlotte, Michigan was fortunate to only lose large limbs from some of the many large hardwood trees in the yard. When the limbs split they carried a few of the power lines with them on their way down. The family evacuated to safety avoiding the danger of the down power lines caused by the falling tress and branches. The morning after brought caution tape, a couple of power company crews and a few phone calls inquiring on the average cost to remove a tree!

Some of us were fortunate to keep our power and trees intact this time but a quick drive around Calhoun County, Battle Creek, Marshall and Eaton County, Mason, Eaton Rapids, Springport and Charlotte, MI in particular the fall out from the previous nights storm was evident. Research ahead of time and learning the average cost to remove a tree is important following damaging storms. Companies from out of state, known as storm followers will move into a community that has experienced a large amount of down trees from seasonal storms. These companies can often have unscrupulous practices and sooner than not they disappear to another hard hit community and there is no warranty, clean up or ability to respond to them once your check has cleared.

As with most services there is not flat fee that can be given as an average cost for removal of trees. The average cost to remove a tree ranges deepening on a variety of factors.

Consideration in determining average cost to remove a tree:

  • size of the tree
  • ease of access for removal of trees
  • proximity of power lines or other utilities
  • hiring experienced, professional tree removal services (bonded and insured)
    what tree removal equipment is required
  • will entire tree be removed, just large branches, or trunk and stump also

Today, it’s a beautiful, sunny, nearly Autumn day with cerulean blue skies with just enough cumulus clouds to make it picture perfect. The light breeze holds just a hint of crispness and the reality of fall storms and winter blizzards come to mind and fritter quickly away. We’ve barely completed the storm clean up and tree clearing needed from last year’s horrendous storms and another Michigan fall and winter loom ahead.

Once you are ready to tackle those dreaded winterizing tasks all Michigan home owners must attend to take a look around your yard. Do you have dead or dying trees that may interfere with power lines during seasonal storms? Now is the time to address those eye sores and dangerous large limbed, once majestic trees on your property. Finish up tree clearing projects before the weather limits access or professional tree services are busy cleaning up after harmful storms.

How to Find a Reputable Tree Service Company in Michigan

man trimming a tree

Never attempt to trim or remove trees close to power lines or structures, as this could result in serious or fatal injury and/or significant damage to your home or property.

It’s an industry that has received it’s share of complaints to the Better Business Bureau over the last five years. This doesn’t mean there aren’t tree service companies that run legitimate companies. What it does mean is the customer needs to be careful and do the homework to their choosing a legitimate tree service company.

There are precautions customers can take before hiring a tree service company to avoid companies that produce less than desirable results. Remember, just because a company says it is reputable and BBB Accredited, doesn’t mean it is.

There are are a number of steps customers can use to assure their search to find a reputable tree service company in Michigan is headed in the right direction.

Here are Some Pointers That Should Help You Find a Reputable Tree Service Company in Michigan:

  1.  Reputation – Check a company’s online reviews, the Better Business Bureau, trade associations and community reputation. In the Lansing area, the company with the Big Red Trucks (Ayles Tree Service, Inc.) has served the mid-Michigan area with reputable tree service for over 50 years.  If a company has been doing business that long, it must be doing something right. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for references.
  2. Insurance – Make sure any choices you might consider has liability insurance. Without proper insurance, the customer pays for repairs to their property and any injuries that occur as a result of the accident. Any reputable tree service company in Michigan and other states will accept payments for most insurance companies.
  3. Too Cheap – Very low prices are great, however, sometimes that is a red flag for no experience, do not have proper insurances and certifications or they don’t plan on completing the project. Remember, oftentimes if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  4. Too Expensive – Do not overpay for the removal of an easily accessible tree in your yard. A fast-talking salesman shouldn’t convince you otherwise.
  5. Better Business Bureau – Generally speaking, those who are accredited are also a reputable tree service company, and can be trusted. A company’s BBB rating is available. Ayle’s Tree Service in Lansing and Potterville, Michigan is proud to enjoy an A+ rating from the BBB for many years now.
  6. Multiple Estimates – Get at least three different estimates. This will give you an idea of what would be a fair price. Talk to a representative in person, this will allow you to ask questions about the job at hand.
  7.  Estimate Equity – Make sure the estimates you are comparing are offering the same services. For example one service may quote the price for felling a tree while the other company’s quote may be for removing it in small sections. While price is important trust your instincts about a company’s trustworthiness.
  8. Use Caution After a Disaster   Door-to-door contractors in natural disaster situations may be necessary. Even in this situation make sure you’re being charged a reasonable rate. You should also ensure that the company has the necessary insurances and certifications.
  9. Avoid Door-to-Door Contractors With the exception of natural disasters (still use caution), door-to-door contractors are not advised. They often travel town to town, taking advantage of homeowners (especially seniors). Deciding to complete tree work on the spur of the moment is a bad idea – there are too many variables that should be considered first.
  10.  Pay When Satisfied – Never pay for a tree service project (removal or trimming) until you are completely satisfied with the work.  Following this advice almost certainly will help you avoid any sort of tree service scam.

Finally, after you’ve completed your homework, trust your instincts. If that still leaves a sour feeling in your stomach trust the best and most reputable tree service companyin your area. If you are in the mid-michigan area, you don’t have to look far to find a reputable tree service company in Michigan. Ayles Tree Service serves Charlotte, Grand Ledge, Lansing, Hastings, Eaton Rapids, Mason, Marshall, Olivet, Springfield, Sunfield, Okemos, Haslett, Holt, Dimondale, Fowler and all points in between with their Big Red Trucks. Call today for an estimate. 517-484-8318.

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.

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