Why Hire an Expert for Ash Tree Removal

Prior to the emerald ash borer’s discovery in 2009 in St. Paul, Minnesota, approximately 20% of the urban canopy were ash trees. As this destructive pest continues to kill all unprotected ash trees, many homeowners are facing the reality of needing to remove a declining tree in the near future.

Whether your local city has tagged your tree for removal or you determined removal was necessary, you may be wondering how best to remove it. Our experts have answered the most frequently asked questions about ash tree removal, including why hiring an expert is the best option for this specialized and potentially hazardous service.

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Orange marked dead ash trees

Should I cut down my ash tree?

Losing a mature tree is devastating to many homeowners. Perhaps you rely on a mature ash tree to provide valuable shade. Or, the costly removal is not within your budget. Unfortunately, many homeowners across the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro are currently being confronted with cutting down an ash tree. Below are the most common reasons your ash tree will need to be removed:

  • The forester or other city official has determined your tree is a safety risk due to its decline and has marked it for removal.
  • A tree care professional has inspected your ash tree and recommended removal due to declining health.
  • You have personally determined your ash tree is in decline, and removal is necessary.

Dead ash trees are dangerous to cut down. They are particularly hazardous, as their dead wood becomes very brittle and can break unexpectedly. Not removing an ash tree in an urban environment poses a large safety risk–and you, the homeowner, can be held liable. 

Can I cut down my ash tree myself?

Tree removal often requires specialized equipment, and is considered dangerous work. This is even more true in an urban environment, where structures, roads, powerlines, and people may be in the ‘drop zone’ of the tree to be removed. Unless you are a skilled arborist with proper training on how to cut down a tree (especially a dead ash tree), our experts recommend leaving this job to the professionals.
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How do I get rid of an ash tree?

The best way to get rid of an ash tree is to contract with a reputable tree care company with ISA Certified Arborists on staff. Your city may publish a list of tree care companies licensed to perform services. Otherwise, you can search for an ISA Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture’s website.

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Seven questions to ask when getting an ash tree removal bid

  1. Is the company licensed and insured?
  2. What training does the crew have on removing ash trees?
  3. How will you remove it safely?
  4. Is the removal plan clear, and does it include protection for the landscape and structures below?
  5. Does the bid include debris hauling, clean-up, and specialized equipment if needed?
  6. Do you coordinate with the utilities for line drops and markings for stump removal?
  7. Is stump removal priced separately?

Need an expert in the Twin Cities?

Ensuring the crew you utilize has the proper training to remove your ash tree safely, and carries the proper insurance to cover any accidental damage will protect you as a homeowner. Located in the Twin Cities metro? Rainbow Treecare has over 45 ISA Certified Arborists on staff and is fully licensed and insured. Our tree removal plans are always designed with appropriate safety factors that account for hazardous situations when they exist. Contact us to receive a free removal quote today!

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