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Emerald Ash Borer and Tree Removal: 4 Things You Need To Know

Tree damaged by Emerald Ash Borer and Tree RemovalIt’s Spring again in mid-Michigan, but with the sunshine and heat comes one thing we never count on: critters. In the Lansing area, the emerald ash borer is a scourge that often means tree removal and other problems. But, before you throw up your hands in frustration, be sure to educate yourself first. The emerald ash borer can be a serious pain to the home and business owner, but you don’t have to deal with it by yourself!

Know Where It Came From: The Emerald Ash Borer

This particular kind of beetle (the “EAB”) was first discovered in Michigan about a decade ago. It threatens ash trees specifically, as it is an invasive species not native to the area and Michigan ash trees have no resistance to this invader. It is thought that EAB came to Michigan via a cargo ship, likely riding on wood products or shipping materials. Although the Department of Natural Resources is working on control and eradication, the beetle continues to be a problem in the area.

EAB and Tree Removal: It May Take Several Seasons

The truth is that the EAB can infest healthy and sick trees. An already-compromised tree may succumb to the pest within 1-2 years, whereas a healthy tree may survive 3-4 seasons before you have to take action.

If you’re unsure of the extent or length of your infestation, Ayles Tree Service is happy to take a look at your particular case and provide you with some one-on-one guidance. Call us at 517-484-8318 to set up an appointment for us to come to your home or site.

Emerald Ash Borer: Tree Removal Isn’t Your Only Option

Once you discover an EAB infestation on your property, you’ll need to decide how to treat your ash trees. Ayles Tree Service offers complete front-to-back service with consultation, removal of the tree and disposal of the material. The State of Michigan currently requires special care with disposal, and we’re more than able to take care of your ash tree material within these recommendations.

However, there are other options, and we’d be happy to go over those with you. Sometimes ash trees can be saved with a consistent annual treatment program, however, such programs are time intense and expensive. Again, we’re able to consult on your specific situation. 

After Emerald Ash Borer: You CAN Plant Again

Emerald Ash Borer and tree removal doesn’t mean you’re left with an ugly, bare spot on your property. Here at Ayles Tree Service, we are more than happy to go over options in moving forward with concerned home and business owners. A removed tree doesn’t have to mean an eyesore. Other planting and landscape options are available to you. Call us today for a free estimate.

The presence of Emerald Ash Borer doesn’t need to spell the end of your greenery. Let Ayles Tree Service help identify your trees and clean up your landscape to keep all your trees healthy.

Make a Clean Break from Tree/Storm Damage in 2015

snowy tree storm damage in Michigan

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!