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Finding tree care help: Certified arborists and MN Tree Care Advisors

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The following links are useful when looking to hire an arborist or find out more information on arborists.

For information on hiring a tree care professional visitHiring an Arborist. This page provides information on when a professional should be hired and important considerations when choosing one.

To find a certified arborist in your area visit:   ISA Certified Arborist Search. Certified arborists are trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of arboriculture. ISA Certified Arborist have met all requirements set to be eligible for the exam, this could include three or more years of full-time, eligible, practical work experience in arboriculture and/or a degree in the field of arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from a regionally accredited educational institute. This certification covers a large number of topics giving the candidates flexibility in the arboricultural profession.

To learn about Minnesota Tree Care Advisors visit: Minnesota Tree Care Advisors.  The MN TCA program promotes urban and community forestry through volunteer actions.

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57 Responses to “Finding tree care help: Certified arborists and MN Tree Care Advisors”

  1. RG says:

    We planted a small orchard on our hobby farm this spring, 12 trees. They appear to have established well, but we don’t know the first thing about pruning and maintenance. Would like someone who has experience with this to come out for an afternoon and teach us what to do (happy to pay for this), and also inspect for the general health of the trees.

  2. Greg says:

    I didn’t see a reply to Paul from April 14, but we have something that seems similar. Two years ago a Scot’s pine (probably 40 years old and 40′ tall) started to turn brown gradually. It died and was removed. A second tree, a white pine about the same age and 50′ tall, did the same thing. We had it cut down. The logs have an inky looking discoloration that appears to be working from the outside toward the center and is only in the top half of the tree. Now a third young tree 18′ is turning brown. These trees were planted in a linear orientation and about 20′-25′ apart. The location is in the Alexandria area.

  3. admin says:

    Hi RG-Happy to hear about your new orchard. Extension’s pruning page offers some great guidance on pruning. For specific tree care advice, see the searchable arborist page. ~Matt

  4. admin says:

    Thanks for your message Greg. There are several needle diseases that are abundant given our recent wet springs with cooler temperatures. Although it’s difficult to distinguish without a forest health specialist taking a look, the UMN Plant Disease Clinic may be able to help in determining the disease that’s infecting your pines. Good luck! ~Matt

  5. Amy says:

    My maple tree looks sick. How can I find out what is wrong with it?

  6. Kathy says:

    I have several pine trees on my property the pine cones have started to fall off the trees in massive amounts, They are all immature cones my neighbor has the same problem. What could be the problem? I have already taken 6 garbage bags to the compost area.

  7. Emily Dombeck says:

    Hi Amy. Try using the diagnostic tools at If that isn’t helpful, contacting a certified arborist would be your best course of action. Good luck!


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