What does DBH mean? What factors influence how much a tree will cost to remove?

DBH is a forestry term that means diameter (in inches) measured at breast height, which is 4.5 feet from the ground. Multi-stem trees are measured as one tree at the narrowest point above ground. Beyond size of the tree, removal pricing is based on the tree’s location within the property and the presence of obstructions such as overhead utilities, steep slopes or structures. The type of equipment that can access the tree can also influence the cost. Each company has a different business model with varying levels of staffing, education and overhead which can cause wide fluctuations in cost. Most companies carry at least $2 million aggregate in liability insurance because forestry and arboriculture work carries a high risk to the employee.

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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?