What should I ask for when I am hiring an arborist or tree company?

You should always get 2-3 written price quotes before you choose one company, ask to see proof of liability insurance and do not pay the company until the work is complete. Be wary of people that go door-to- door soliciting business, even if they did good work for your neighbor. Before hiring a company, make sure they understand what is expected with the tree removal including timeline, wood removal or chipping, and stump de-barking. You do not need to grind out the stump, if the bark is removed off the stump. For oak wilt, if you or your neighbors have healthy red oaks within 100 feet of the diseased oak(s), you should hire a company that can offer treatments to prevent the spread to nearby oaks first, before the diseased tree removal. See How to Hire a Tree Contractor for more information and additional resources.

 At this time, City of Lakeville does not require tree care companies to be licensed to work in Lakeville. Some cities require tree care companies to license with their municipality. The State of Minnesota requires all tree contractors to be on the Tree Registry List.

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1. What is a certified arborist?
2. What should I ask for when I am hiring an arborist or tree company?
3. What is a Minnesota Certified Tree Inspector?
4. What happens when a tree is infested with emerald ash borer (EAB) , or diseased with oak wilt and/or Dutch elm disease and is marked for removal?
5. Where is EAB in Lakeville?
6. How can I tell if my tree has EAB?
7. What are the removal requirements for an infested ash tree?
8. What If I don’t think I can remove my infested/diseased tree or properly dispose of the wood within the required timeline?
9. How do I dispose of the wood?
10. Does the stump have to be ground out and removed?
11. Should I notify the City when we finish control treatments and tree removal?
12. Does the City of Lakeville offer replacement trees for removed ash trees?
13. What can I do to save my other ash trees?
14. How do I know if my property has been re-inspected and meets the insect/disease control guidelines?
15. What constitutes a tree diseased with oak wilt or Dutch elm disease?
16. Are there things I can do to protect my elms from Dutch elm disease?
17. What can I do to protect my oaks from oak wilt?
18. What does DBH mean? What factors influence how much a tree will cost to remove?
19. How did the tree inspector determine property lines, and what if I don’t think the tree is on my property?
20. What if there are power lines over my tree?
21. Does the City mark infested and diseased trees on its own property?