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St. Paul officials remind homeowners to use licensed tree trimmers

Faced with the emerald ash borer infestation crisis, St. Paul officials are reminding residents to use licensed tree trimmers, who now face tighter regulations when operating in the city.

The city parks department says:

Property owners have long had problems when contracting unlicensed tree trimmers to do tree work.  Work may be poorly done and trees damaged. Homeowners may also be overcharged or jobs left unfinished. By hiring a tree trimming company licensed with the city, homeowners are better protected against work not up to professional standards.

The parks departments says tighter licensing regulations that went into effect last year require licensed tree companies to:

  • Comply with professional pruning standards recognized by the American National Standards Institute
  • Provide visible permanent identification on each work vehicle
  • Carry minimum insurance of $100,000 for bodily injury or death and $100,000 for damage to or destruction of property (up from $10,000 and $5,000).

And tree companies applying for a St. Paul license must now be registered with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and listed on the Tree Care Registry.

Dan Undem of the Parks Department said this is the time of year when homeowners start thinking about tree trimming, and the city wants homeowners to know about the higher insurance and training requirements for licensed tree companies.

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