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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.

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.






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.