You should always get 2-3 written price quotes before you choose one company, ask to see proof of liability insurance and do not pay the company until the work is complete. Be wary of people that go door-to- door soliciting business, even if they did good work for your neighbor. Before hiring a company, make sure they understand what is expected with the tree removal including timeline, wood removal or chipping, and stump de-barking. You do not need to grind out the stump, if the bark is removed off the stump. For oak wilt, if you or your neighbors have healthy red oaks within 100 feet of the diseased oak(s), you should hire a company that can offer treatments to prevent the spread to nearby oaks first, before the diseased tree removal. See How to Hire a Tree Contractor for more information and additional resources.
At this time, City of Lakeville does not require tree care companies to be licensed to work in Lakeville. Some cities require tree care companies to license with their municipality. The State of Minnesota requires all tree contractors to be on the Tree Registry List.