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How To Protect Your Trees

protect your trees watering new  tree

If you have any trees on your property you’ll want to do what you can to ensure their long-term health. Luckily, trees are very resilient, so you don’t have to do a ton of maintenance work to keep them in good shape. A good long-term tree health plan will help to prevent issues before they arise, and keep your trees healthy and flourishing for years to come.

Why You Need To Protect Your Trees

As far as landscape elements are concerned trees are by far the most resilient, and require the least amount of care. However, that doesn’t mean they require no maintenance and upkeep to ensure they remain protected.

Trees are especially vulnerable to heavy winds, infection and disease, damage to their root system, and much more. Below you’ll find our recommended strategies for dealing with the most common tree protection issues.

Common Tree Protection Methods

Keeping your trees healthy can actually end up saying you money in the long run. By implementing a few tree protection methods you’ll be able to avoid costly repairs and potential damage to your home and landscape.

1. Tree Cabling and Bracing

Tree cabling and bracing can be used for a few different reasons. The main reason this process is used is to prevent trees from growing in a way that causes them to break. By cabling and bracing certain branches you can force the tree to grow in a way, so that its structural integrity stays intact.

This will prevent tree toppling, broken branches, and prevent the tree from splitting or cracking during a rough storm.

2. Trimming and Pruning

Trimming and pruning is another way to influence the direction and growth pattern of a tree. This can be done to influence its growth pattern, get rid of dead or infected branches, and cut down branches that might be close to damaging elements like power lines.

Trimming and pruning can help to mitigate potential problems before they become a nuisance.

3. Be Aware Of Root Structures

It’s important to know how wide of a root base your tree has. The roots of the tree not only keep the tree upright, but also are how the tree uptakes nutrients. By knowing how wide the root structures extend you’ll be able to avoid damage from a construction project, or anything else that might damage the roots and lead to the tree’s demise.

If you are going to begin a construction project it’s a good idea to mark off the root beds to avoid potential damage.

4. Mulch On A Regular Basis

Applying mulch to the base of your tree will help to keep your trees growing strong. Adding an inch or two of mulch on a consistent basis will help to keep the soil free from weeds and at a consistent level of moisture.

This will also give you a boundary that will prevent the trunks of trees from becoming damaged due to a cut from yard and lawn maintenance equipment.

If you’re interested in a regular tree maintenance plan, want to protect your trees, or are interested in having the trees on your property inspected, then give us a call at 517-484-8381.

Let Ayles Tree Service take care of your tree and landscape needs, so you can have a healthy and productive landscape for years to come.

Lot and Land Clearing in Mid-Michigan: Preparing Sites for Construction

lot and land clearing mid-michigan ayles bulldozer

If you’re thinking about building on your site or plot of land there are a variety of things you’ll want to keep in mind. Lot and land clearing in Mid-Michigan often requires extensive equipment (and the know-how to use it!) to get it prepped for construction stage. There’s a process you’ll want to go through step-by-step in order to ensure your site is entirely prepped to build, as well as all trees and plants will remain in good condition.

The Site Clearing Agenda

Before you can begin the building process you’ll need to ensure the site is thoroughly prepped. Below we dive into common lot and land clearing processes that will help prep your land for the next step in the construction process.

1. Land Assessment

The first step is assessing the land. This is where all trees, shrubs, and land formations are documented in accordance to your construction plan. Since site clearing is the foundational step in the building process this is something you’ll want to get right so there are no problems r misunderstandings.

2. Common Clearing Methods

The site clearing methods used will depend upon your land, and the natural features you want to maintain. That being said some of the most common tasks are as follows:

  • Clearing the site of all vegetation, trees, rocks, and other formations
  • Leveling the site
  • Grading the site
  • Staking the structure zones
  • Digging for foundation placement
  • Implementing measures for erosion control
  • Drilling for wells and other systems

The exact methods and tasks used will depend upon the state of the land and the goals for your project. If there are trees or other natural elements you want to keep it is very important to note this prior to hiring a company for your lot and land clearing in mid-Michigan

3. Types Of Equipment

There are several types of equipment that will be used to clear your lot. This can range from simple hand clearing tools, all the way up to bulldozers to flatten the land. The equipment employed for the job will depend on how much land you need cleared, and the vegetation you currently have present.

Luckily, we have the tools and equipment on hand to handle any type of clearing job.

4. Minimizing Tree Stress

One common request is landowners looking to preserve certain trees on their property. We employ a method that minimizes tree stress, by marking out a perimeter that surrounds the root zone.

This will ensure none of your trees become damaged throughout the construction, or remainder of the clearing process.

Common Costs In Site Preparation

The overall costs of site clearing are once again, dependent on the size of your lot, and the overall intensiveness of the process. But, on a rough estimate, costs usually range from $3 to $6 per square foot.

If you’re interested in a price estimate, give us a call at 517-484-8318, and we’ll come check out your lot.

Choosing The Right Company For The Job

In the Michigan area there are trees everywhere you look. This means when you’re starting the construction process you’ll probably have at least a few trees on your property that you’ll need to either remove, or ensure their health remains intact throughout the building process.

If you have a property that is heavily vegetated, or has areas you want to keep intact, then call us to set up an appointment at 517-484-8318.

Common means to find the perfect company for lot and land clearing in mid-Michigan include: getting referrals from friends or loved ones, checking out the company’s experience via their website or the Better Business Bureau, and making sure they’re properly licensed and insured.

Let Ayles Tree Service help clear your lot or land, so you can keep your Lansing area construction project moving forward to completion.

Tree Trimming of a Different Sort

tree trimming lansing michiganTree trimming—what images come to your mind with that phrase? If you’re like a lot of the Lansing (Charlotte, MI etc) community at this time of year, your brain is likely spinning through sparkly images of Pinterest-worthy Christmas trees and twinkling lights. You envision trips to the local craft store and family gathered around, working together to beautify your home, right?

What about boughs of holly? Do you think of warm fireplaces, carefully hung stockings and decked out halls? Perhaps you get that feeling of bringing the outside into your home, complete with a pleasant pine smell.

Here at Ayles Tree Service. Potterville, Michigan, we think of those things, too. We’re excited to do some tree trimming of our own, to take some time off, and to enjoy and relax a little with our own families and friends. We’re not ignoring a toast or two around a burning fireplace decked with decorated branches!

But, we also think a little differently. When we hear “tree trimming” and sometimes even “boughs of holly,” we think of what we can do to help your home or business retain and increase its value by taking care of your property. We think of the problems we can help you solve by trimming up some of that holly, or the projects we can help you get started after tree removal. You see, we’ve got a head for this tree trimming business year round, including over the holidays!

So, don’t forget about us as you celebrate. We’re here to help, no matter what your needs may be this holiday a season!

Meanwhile, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish you the best of times in decorating your halls and trimming your indoor tree! We hope for only the best memories, the warmest fires and the most beautiful décor for you and your family.

And, from our family to yours, we send the happiest of holiday wishes and season’s greetings!

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.

Dead Tree Removal – How do you know when it’s time?

dead-tree-removal-grand-ledge-michiganWhen is a good time to remove a dead tree?

Some people call Ayles Tree Service for dead tree removal at the first sign of a dying tree. Other customers weight options and choose to hold off removing a tree. The most important consideration for dead tree removal is if a dead tree is in danger of shedding large branches or falling and harming a person or valuable property. If the tree is a hazard it is a good idea to contact us for removal. If you have a dying tree located in a secluded area and there is no concern of branches falling and injuring others or harming property, you can choose to hold off removing the dead tree for a time.

How do you know if a tree is dying and can not be saved?

If more than 25% of the branches are broken or damaged the tree probably can not be saved. If branches are all on one side of a tree this is a sign of root or trunk damage. Leaning or lopsided trees can cause instability and falling hazards and should be looked at by a professional or the tree should be removed for safety. Another sign to pay attention are large clusters of fungi around the base of the tree. Masses of mushrooms that you have not seen around the tree previously  are often a symptom of internal rot and root damage.

What are the benefits of not removing a dead tree?

Even dying trees continue to provide value for a time. Besides the fact that trees offer a natural habitat for animals and birds, trees enhance the environment in other ways. Trees assist in keeping water and air clean, they help in retaining soil and providing shade. Besides the increased property value, some homeowners love their trees for the sentimental reasons. The beauty of the tree and the memories of  the tree when they purchased the property or when they planted the tree can make dead tree removal a difficult decision.


What are the benefits of removing a dead tree?

Some of the challenges of dead or dying trees that homeowners and commercial property owners encounter is constant clean up around the dying tree. Depending on the species, dying trees often shed their bark and limbs. Besides the danger of the falling debris there is also the expense of upkeep from the shedding that steadily increases as the life of the tree decreases. Ayle’s can come in and remove large limbs and clean up the area as needed however depending on the frequency, the cost to property owners can add up quickly.

Other benefits to dead tree removal is to help other trees in the environment. If a tree has a disease, removal of the tree can help protect other trees from getting infected. Also, a dead tree may be a cause of too close of planting and removing the dead tree can help a healthier tree continue to flourish.

We know  you plant trees to enjoy them for years to come and it can be difficult to when the time come for removal. Ayle’s professionals are here to help you when you are ready. Our professional crews plan removal for the least amount of interruption to you, your neighbors, traffic and utilities. Crews will chip all small branches, cut, then remove large logs,  rake and clean up the entire area before they leave.

If you need dead tree removal please give Ayle’s a call today we can provide an estimate and set a time for removal that works in your schedule.

Is there anything sadder than a dead tree in the yard?

dead tree in yard mid-michiganSomething that was once so beautiful and full of life, color and sound, now dry and flaking. How sad it will no longer produce fruit and shade or serve as a hanger for a tire swing or birds nest. It seems as if the tree has lost its’ dignity. Once a majestic towering hardwood or soft, draping willow its’ spirit has faded and its’ body is crumbling. It is ominous when you pull up to a house and the first thing you see is a dead tree. As a lover of nature and design I also appreciate the practice of feng shui. A dead tree in the yard does the opposite of represent prosperity! The associated meaning of a dead tree in the yard is a symbol of loss, adversity and being stuck in the past. A feng shui cure is to get rid of the dead tree and view it as a chance for new life and plan going forward.

Next Step: How do I  get rid of the dead tree in my yard?

Depending on the size and placement of trees it can be a pretty tricky task to take down that dead tree. A professional tree service can go to your house and preview the tree and site. The cost to remove a dead tree from your yard is dependent on the type of tree removal equipment needed and the time required to remove the dead tree safely.

Large trees and branches that overhang utility wires are the biggest consideration when removing dead trees. Because dead trees are dry and brittle, large limbs can crack without warning. If a large tree limb crashes on to a live wire – run while calling 911. In areas where structures and homes are close to a dead tree or broken limbs caution must be taken to avoid having a tree fall on a roof or have broken windows from fallen branches.

Many Eaton County, Ingham County and Clinton County residents in Mid-Michigan experienced a hard grueling winter of ice storms and polar vortex winds and temperatures. Sadly our trees paid for this frigid weather. Ayles Tree Service is still servicing customers who have dead trees in the yard, large branches and tree lines of downed trees that couldn’t survive the harsh winter of 2014.

If you have a dead tree in the yard be careful of falling branches and debris. Even large chunks of bark falling from the tree can be harmful to a person or an animal. A home owner is solely responsible for the maintenance of their property and that includes landscaping. If a dead tree branch falls on a car or a person the home owner is liable for damages. Michigan home insurance coverage of these types of accidents vary by each company. Review your home owners insurance policy or better yet, just get the dead tree cut down and keep your yard safe.

Summer is the best time to have an experienced tree service in Mid-Michigan give you an estimate for tree removal and schedule a time to cut trees down or clear out dead trees. Before winter hits again, or even one of those crackling, booming summer storms, give Ayle’s Tree Service a call. Our tree service expert is happy to come to your home and review the site and the trees that need removed. We’ll provide a fair tree removal estimate for your mid-Michigan home.

Who are the Tree Service Crews that Perform Power Line Clearing Services in Mid-Michigan?

trees spray painted for line clearing by Consumers EnergyMany 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.

Tree Stump Removal Requires Time, Effort and Can be Costly

photo of tree stumpTree stumps rank right near or at the top of the unsightly and potentially dangerous yard ornaments.

Not a believer?

Consult your big toe next time you stub it on an old tree stump camouflaged by grass or weeds and other plants in your yard.

Still not a believer?

Consult your eyes when weeds or other plants begin growing on that aging tree stump.

After going through the trouble of removing a tree on your own or hiring a tree service to remove it for you, why stop there? Don’t stop there, remove the stump!

Tree stump removal from a yard takes time, effort and can be costly. These are important considerations when mulling over whether to tackle removing the stump yourself or hiring a professional tree service.

Tree Stump Removal Considerations: 

  1. Looking for a quick resolution
  2. Stump to big to dig out, burn or use chemicals on, and
  3. Professional tree service companies are insured.

There’s a good chance doing it yourself will require buying or renting tools. Therefore, the  time, cost and effort to get the job done, may ultimately convince one to hire a professional to do it instead.

With over 50 years of experience when it comes to removal needs and stump grinding,  Ayles Tree Service, Inc. is fully equipped to remove that eye sore and potentially dangerous yard ornament from your yard in a quick, professional manner.

Hiring a Tree Service Professional? What to Look For:

  1. Work guarantee
  2. Accreditation and contractor’s license
  3. Fills stump hole with soil at little or no cost
  4. Removes wood pieces and clears area when finished

Self-Removal Tree Stump Methods:

  1. Chemicals most commonly used method
  2. Burning stump is an option if tight on money and time is not an issue.
  3. Renting a stump grinder large, intimidating and expensive
  4. Digging out faster, but more labor intensive.

Self-Removal Tree Stump Problems:

  1. Chance of other trees/materials catching fire stump is burnt.
  2. Possible fire when not around (fires in stump aren’t visible).
  3. May need to obtain a fire permit to burn stump.
  4. Creation of immovable charcoal material where stump used to be caused by burning it incorrectly.
  5. Time, effort and cost.

If your not interested in an intensive, laborious Saturday afternoon project, hiring a professional is the answer.  The extra money it may cost is balanced by the time and effort saved trying to do it yourself.

Ayles Tree Service, Inc., 4079 East Gresham Highway, Potterville provides expert tree and stump removal through its experienced staff and state-of-the-art equipment. Therefore, ensuring prompt efficient tree and stump removal in even the most difficult of settings. Ayles  can be contacted at 517-484-8318 or 517-645-2625.