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Ellen Brenna, Natural Resources Coordinator

To protect the homeowner, the City requires all companies conducting tree trimming and removal to obtain a Tree Trimmers License, which includes providing valid bonding and general liability insurance. The City cannot recommend a tree service, but we highly encourage residents to do the proper research before hiring a tree care professional. City Code Section 704 requires any person engaging in the business of tree trimming, tree removal, tree stump removal or tree maintenance and disease prevention to have a tree trimmer’s license.

Any tree trimmer working in Shoreview must be licensed. Below is a current list of licensed tree trimmers. 

List of Licensed Tree Trimmers

Tree Trimmer License Application

Be wary of any tree contractor going door to door for business, or those willing to trim oaks in the summer months. Trimming oaks in the summer months can put the entire neighborhood at risk for disease, such as oak wilt. Be aware that ash firewood is under quarantine in Ramsey County and Shoreview by State and Federal regulations: it should not be moved. Double check that your contractor is aware of this quarantine.

Helpful tips for hiring a tree care professional

  • Consider the company’s location. Beware of individuals who go door-to-door and offer bargains for performing tree work, especially if they are not based in the metro area. Most reputable companies are too busy to solicit work in this manner. Improper tree care can take many years to correct and may negatively affect the health of the tree. The City of Shoreview requires anyone soliciting door-to-door to acquire a Peddlers permit at City Hall, which includes background checks. If a company comes to your door, ask to see their Peddlers Permit.  If they do not have one, call City Hall at 651-490-4600.
  • Never pay in advance.Never let yourself be pressured or rushed into accepting work by apparent bargains. Consider getting more than one estimate for a job.
  • A good arborist will offer a wide range of services (pruning, removal, fertilizing, cabling/bracing, pest control, etc.).
  • Ask for local references – other jobs the company or individual has done. Take a look at some and, if possible, talk to former clients. Experience, education, and a good reputation are signs of a reputable arborist.
  • Beware of a company that is eager to remove a healthy, living tree. Removal should be the last resort.
  • Get more than one written itemized estimate. Require that it include full details of the work and itemize costs of any additional work that may be necessary. It is worth your time and effort to obtain two or more opinions and written cost estimates. Estimates are usually free but always ask before setting the appointment.
  • Good work is not inexpensive. A good professional must carry several kinds of insurance as well as pay for specialized equipment. You are also paying for their experience and understanding of how to care for trees and their ability to provide long-term value to your landscape trees. Beware of estimates that fall well below the average. There may be hidden costs or the person may not be fully insured or trained. Under some circumstances, you can be held financially responsible if an uninsured worker is injured on your property or if the worker damages a neighbor's property.
  • Search for an Arborist near you

Tree Pests and Disease Information

  • Are you asking "What’s wrong with my Tree?!?”Before hiring an arborist, consider checking out the University of Minnesota Extension’s Plant Diagnosis Guide. It includes a wide variety of information with excellent photos to help you identify what is wrong with your tree, as well as insect and weed identification.
  • Learn More about Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The City of Shoreview offers an emerald ash borer treatment program to residents and businesses.
  • Learn More about Oak Wilt (OW). Oak Wilt is prevalent in Shoreview: Pruning, wounding, or felling oaks should be avoided from early April to mid-July. Management strategies include stopping belowground spread, preventing spread by insects, not moving firewood from oak wilt-infected areas, and chemical protection.
  • If leaves high in the crown of an elm tree yellow while brown leaves litter the lawn below, it could be dutch elm disease. Dutch Elm Disease (DED) is a fungal disease carried by beetles or passed between root systems. To help control the spread of DED, remove all dead or dying elm wood immediately and remove from the site.

If your company is interested in becoming a Licensed Tree Trimmer, complete this form. (PDF)

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