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

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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.

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.