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Successful Tree Recovery For Homeowners: Care Of Trees After A Storm

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Recently the mid-Michigan area, especially Ionia, Grand Ledge, Portland, Michigan suffered a devastating storm that damaging long standing buildings and many mature and newly planted trees. Even if your home is located in Okemos, East Lansing or Charlotte, Michigan and you did not have a tornado all of the lower Michigan area has experienced high level winds and storms this season.

 After a strong summer storm there’s a high likelihood some of your trees might have become damaged. If any of the trees on your property have undergone significant damage you’ll want to evaluate your course of action for taking care of trees after a storm.

Some property owners simply leave their damaged trees up after the storm, or clear cut their damaged trees. However, it’s very important you consult a local tree service to have your trees inspected after a storm, as there are numerous treatment options available.

Below you’ll find three of the most common tree-care procedures to follow after a big storm.

1. Save The Tree

More often than not a tree will tend to look worse than it actually is following a large storm. Trees are very resilient and can usually recover from storm damage, especially if they’re a local tree species that are used to weather variations.

If the tree has only sustained minor damage, such as, sustaining a low level of broken branches, the tree can usually be saved.

If the tree is a more mature tree that has suffered the loss of a major branch, the tree can be saved as long as the branch doesn’t affect the overall structural integrity of the tree.

Lastly, younger trees are very resilient and can recover fairly quickly because they’re in a very high growth phase of their life cycle. By removing the damaged and broken branches, you’ll be giving the tree the chance for a speedy recovery.

2. Give The Tree A Grace Period

Sometimes the best course of action can be to wait and see what happens to the tree. Trees that have sustained significant damage and look like they’re on the way out can actually still recover if given the proper time and treatment.

Make sure you don’t cut too many branches off the damaged tree, as they’ll need their foliage in order to gain energy to heal.

It’s important to consult with a professional during this stage,. A tree service professional will be able to prune the correct number of limbs to increase the chances of a speedy recovery.

3. Cut The Tree, And Move On

On occasion you’ll have a tree, or series of trees, that simply aren’t worth saving. If the tree has already been hit with a bought of disease, or has been previously weakened the best course of action could be to simply cut your losses.

If the trunk has split, or the crown of the tree has been removed, then this tree won’t have the ability to recover. Once a large portion of the tree has been lost, the tree won’t have the necessary foliage or support to survive the next growing season, or even survive another large storm.

Trees that have toppled have little chance of survival and need to be disposed of in an effective manner. Ayles tree service can come in a clear your land of the downed tress. Tree trunks and branches can be cut and either left for the homeowner to use in wood burners or bonfires. If the homeowner prefers Ayle’s Tree Service will put all branches and wood into a wood shredder as they are completing the tree clean up from the storm. Successfully taking care of trees after a big storm is a large task, in order to do it effectively you must work with a seasoned tree service professional. Once a storm damaged and fallen tree has been cleaned and removed from your property Ayles can also assist Michigan homeowners with stump grinding or stump removal.

Work With A Professional with Care of Trees after a Storm

Damaged trees can pose significant danger to your property and those who reside there. Immediately following a large storm it’s important to consult with a professional to determine if any trees are a potentially hazardous.

For example, fallen trees and limbs can pose a threat to utility wires, and walking areas. If any trees have fallen into dangerous areas it’s important to have them removed as soon as possible, so they don’t create any further damage.

After storm recovery can be an arduous task and you’ll want to have the help of a qualified arborist to determine the health of your trees and best plan of attack for the continued safety of your property.

Let Ayle’s Tree Service assist you with a speedy recovery and care of trees after a storm, give our team a call at 517-484-8381.

Make a Clean Break from Tree/Storm Damage in 2015

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Damaged tree collapsed in Michigan winter storm

Happy New Year! So far, so good for 2015—we’re not yet seeing significant tree/storm damage. Does that mean that mid-Michigan has managed to avoid the kind of tree and storm damage we experienced last winter. Possibly! But we are urging our customers today to make a clean break from tree storm damage, first by finishing up any of those lingering tree projects, and secondly by being proactive about any upcoming issues—especially given that we’re not “out of the woods” yet for this winter.

Tree/Storm Damage 2014

The current (fairly) mild mid-Michigan winter doesn’t mean Ayles was in any way lacking for work in 2014. Much of our year was spent cleaning up tree storm damage caused by the rough winter of 2013-2014. We saw many new and veteran customers in need of help with the fallout from the historic ice storm that hit the area. We were busy throughout the year as homeowners and  businesses needed our help in repairing the storm damage caused by falling trees and branches.

Therefore, we do want to take a moment to sincerely thank our customers for a great year, and for trusting us to help you out with tree/storm damage. Ingham County, Eaton County and Clinton County properties all gave us a significant role in protecting their investments, and we appreciate that partnership role. Thank you for your patronage!

In addition, we do want to invite any residents out there who are still dealing with the issues from the 2013-14 winter to contact us! We know sometimes it takes a while to see the results of damage, so it’s not out of the ordinary for us to still be working on tree/storm damage issues from the heavy ice that damaged so many trees and homes. We’re able to get rid of some of those larger pieces of tree debris and trim up some of those precariously hanging branches. Don’t let last year’s storm damage your house this year!

Not Just Repair; Prevent Tree/Storm Damage Today!

Of course, we’d much rather prevent tree/storm damage from happening at all, right? We’re not through winter just yet, and the recent front of cold air may cause heavier snow to ice up. Before you know it, you may have a mini-tree storm of your own as weak branches pelt your house. Protect your investment by getting rid of those dangerous or precarious branches today perhaps link to examples. Here at Ayles Tree Service, we much prefer to prevent any problems in the first place, so call us for a quote on your tree trimming today.

Looking Forward to 2015

If you’ve got a tree trim project on your mind, please don’t wait until summer! Ayles is available all year round to help you get your property in shape and protect your business and home. We’re not only equipped to work in the winter and spring, we’re willing and able, too!

As we look forward to 2015, we hope Lansing continues to avoid the harsh conditions we saw before. However, should mother nature bless us with any last remnants of winter, be sure that Ayles is here and ready to help you both prevent and repair tree/storm damage.

Again, we wish you the best in 2015!

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.

Downed Trees and Branches Excellent for Chippers and Wood Shredders

chipping-and-wood-mulching-YieldThe Eaton County/Lansing areas were on the receiving end of one of the harshest winters in many decades. It is one that will get tucked away in the record books and therefore not soon be forgotten.

Its aftermath to be uncovered this spring will include downed branches, broken limbs, and injured trees.  As winter prepares to exit stage left and spring finally makes its appearance, now is the time to access damages and schedule a cleanup.

However, while on the surface the work left by the harsh winter will appear to be simple, often times it is not.

That can be the case with tree removal and tree trimming. The euphoria which comes with spring clean-up often has people tackling these jobs in the warmer weather as if they are do-it-yourself tasks.

The truth is there are many risks involved in trimming and removing trees, and the use of chippers and wood shredder for tree branches and limbs, these tasks often require a professional tree service.

Limbs, Branches and  Trees are Down…anybody have a Wood Shredder?

Once the limbs or branches are down, instead of paying to have them hauled away, you may choose to pay a tree service to run them through a wood shedder or rent a wood shredder and run them through yourself. The chips are excellent mulching material for under your trees and shrubs and in your flower beds. The chips created when grinding down a tree stump can also be used for mulching.

If the limbs, branches and trunks are too big for a do-it-yourself project a homeowner may call a  professional tree service like Ayles Tree Service Inc. Its wood shredders can chip logs up to 18 inches in diameter, and with a portable stump grinder, it can even access stumps through gates as narrow as three feet.

Downed trees can be cut and split for fireplaces and wood burning stoves. Professional tree services can also be hired to come in and remove the tree. Ayles’ Prentice loaders can haul large logs and wood.

So you save on the expense of wood chips when you use a wood shredder, but how much does tree trimming cost? Another question asked often is what is the average cost of removing a tree. Truth is costs range based on location, the branches, tree condition and whether it is left behind or hauled away. Tree trimming and tree removal costs also vary depending on if you need larger equipment, a wood shredder, stump grinder, amount of workers, etc. Getting estimates ahead of time is always a good idea.

Use of Large Wood Shredders and Tree Trimming Equipment Can Be A Risky Business

Removing a tree is risky and can be dangerous. Injuries can be incurred when bringing down a tree. A tree could fall on the worker; and a person could fall from a tree while trimming branches.

The operation of the machines (chainsaw, stump grinder, wood shredders) involved to do the task also present the possibility of injury. Debris fling out from wood shredders and from saws can cause bodily injury. Accidents also occur when working on trees around electrical wires.

When your safety is at risk it is always a good idea to contact a tree service professional. The experience a professional tree company brings also assures safety. They have all the necessary safety gear.

In addition to personal injury, improper handling of tree removal or trimming work can lead to property damage. A tree trunk or heavy branch could fall on the roof or hit a portion of your property and damage it.

Extra assurance is also provided with the insurance that comes with hiring a professional, removing any personal liability  for injury or property damage.

Finding an Experienced Staff to Help

Ayles Tree Service, Inc., provides expert tree trimming and removal. Our experienced staff and state-of-the-art equipment ensures prompt efficient tree removal in even the most difficult of settings.  Need help with your spring yard clean-up? Make sure you ask us about wood shredders to help keep your plants and trees healthy all summer. Call today and ask for details about our tree removal & trimming, brush clearing and stump grinding services.

Will Trees Survive the Cold and Ice Storm Damage?

Evergreens in winter during polar vortex January 2014The debilitating ice storm damage at the end of last year has kept our tree service crews working at a steady pace well into this month, even in this frigid weather. Ice, snow and record low temperatures threatened to run winter break right into spring break. While no one asked for a winter system with the ferocious abandon of a polar vortex, we can all agree, better the unseasonable cold weather now than in the spring.

One doesn’t have to be human to agree with that. Step out into nature (or your backyard) and ask that favorite bush or tree. What you will hear is a frost in late spring and early summer is actually much more stressful than the extreme freezing conditions of the dormant season.

“Trees are already dormant, so the polar freeze will have little long-term effect,” according to certified master arborist, R.J. Laverne of Davey’s Tree Expert Company. “Nothing can be done now to protect tress, but good fall care can help trees withstand winter’s harshest conditions.”

A large snowfall actually benefits trees the most during a polar freeze. Snow cover insulates the root systems naturally.

While many trees will avoid long-term damage from the polar freeze, residents may still find debris to clean-up and branches that will need trimming in the spring from the previous storm damage. Give Ayles Tree Service a call when you are ready we have been providing expert tree service to Mid Michigan and Eaton county residents and businesses for over 50 years.

Fall work such as watering and mulching help prepare and buffer trees from the frigid temperatures. It also provides a gradual, more natural indoctrination into cooler temperatures, as well as a growing storage of water.

The polar vortex will go away, right Mr. Freeze (alias Vincent Price)? When it does there will be things to watch for with your favorite trees.

  1. Winter Burn or desiccation injury occurs when trees cannot absorb enough water to keep up with the amount of moisture leaves lose. Most prominent with evergreen trees and shrubs because they continue to evaporate existing moisture in the wind-water that cannot be replaced from the frozen soil below.
  2. Frost cracks typically affects thin-barked trees. This occurs when temperature differential between sun-warmed bark and super cold airs magnified.
  3. Soil heaving happens when the soil alternates between freezing and thawing, pushing the shallow perennial plant roots out above the ground surface, exposing them to cold and dry wind.

Trees and shrubs native to the region they are growing usually fare better than those that have migrated from other regions, according to Laverne. Come spring trees that did not make it through the storm damage and harsh winter will need to be removed and in some cases replaced. If you are not a do-it-yourselfer and feel more comfortable hiring an expert, tree removal, planting, and tree transplanting plus stump removal are services Ayles Tree Service can help you with.

The Polar Vortex, however, will likely have an effect on this year’s fruit crops. Most apple and pear trees are able to endure a zone five winter with below zero temps, although, peach trees are less tolerant, according to Lake County Purdue Extension Educator Nikky Witkowski, she adds that blueberry and blackberry plants should be okay as the snow covering insulated plants from the cold temperatures.

It will be be spring before it is known what plants were damaged by the extreme cold and wind and the ice storm damage. For some trees and shrubs, we may see no leaves and some branch dieback. Unfortunately, perennials may not show up at all – a cold weather victim of this record  book winter season.

A frigid, wet winter makes for a busy spring clearing the debris for residents and tree service companies like Ayles. Fortunately, many residents with storm damage are covered by insurance, of which, Ayles has worked with most over the many years. Stay warm!