The mission of the Bowling Green Arborist is to provide a high quality urban forestry program to the community, in conjunction with expert advice on private tree care. The Arborist cares for the City trees within the road right-of-way, as well as regular line clearance tree trimming program for safe and reliable electricity.

The City of Bowling Green urban forest includes more than 7,600 trees in the public right-of-way, public parks, and green spaces. A healthy and safe urban forest includes: wildlife diversity, higher property values, air and water quality, storm water management, energy savings from summer and winter extremes, and quality of human health.

Tree Service Requests Click here

BG Tree Commission Educational Seminar

When: TBA, Fall 2021
Cost: Free to the Public and Free Refreshments

BG Tree Commission Photo Contest

The City of Bowling Green Tree Commission is excited to announce its 4th annual photo contest highlighting BG’s urban forest. Citizens can submit a photo of a tree  growing in Bowling Green in one of four categories: Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall. The contest runs through October 31, 2021.  In November the public will vote for the top photo in each category.  The top photo will receive a $25 gift certificate from a local nursery or garden center. For more details and to submit a photo click here.

BG City Tree Inventory

The City of Bowling Green has over 7,600 city trees growing in the right of way or on City property. Each tree is entered in the City’s tree inventory. The public can now access the tree inventory to look up a City tree or learn about the environmental benefits the City’s trees provide. To access the tree inventory click here.

Instructions for using Bowling Green’s Tree Inventory

Municipal Tree Pruning for 2021:

Our internal City tree crews will be pruning large City trees and training young trees throughout. They will prune out dead and diseased branches, broken/crossing branches or branches that hang into the street or sidewalk. They will also be pruning young trees throughout Bowling Green to develop good structure that will help maximize the benefits they will provide throughout their life.

Priority Electrical Line Clearance Pruning for 2021:

Our electrical line clearance contractor and city crews will be working on pruning trees for clearance from overhead electric lines. This will occur on the south side of the City of Bowling Green mainly in Wards 2 and 3. Each contractor and crew member are qualified line clearance tree workers. They are using proper pruning techniques as outlined in the ANSI A300 Standards for Tree Care Operations.

City Tree Plantings in Green Spaces:

Our Tree Planting Program has planted over 4,310 trees from May 2004 through December 2020.  The goal is to plant the “Right Tree in the Right Place” by selecting trees that fit the planting site based on soil type, drainage, infrastructure (power lines, gas lines, water & sewer lines), visibility triangle and long-term capital improvement projects.  Each year the City plants more trees than are removed resulting in an annual increase in the City’s tree population.

The City Arborist coordinates with multiple City Departments to include the preservation of trees or tree replacement programs to maintain the canopy effect.  All new subdivisions and new business plans are now reviewed by the City Arborist to offer recommendations on future tree plantings and landscape design plans.

Urban Forest Arboretum

The Urban Forest Arboretum is located at 1060 Pearl Street just to the west of the Fire Station. It is a demonstration planting of over 60 different tree species and cultivars that are appropriate for planting in Bowling Green. Parking is located at the southeast corner of the arboretum near the kiosk. Click here for more information.

Landscape Guide for Developers, Businesses and Home Owners is now available to the public:

Click here for a pdf copy.

Landscaping Options for Underground Electric Transformers:

The City of Bowling Green Electric Division requires 3 feet of space on the sides and the rear of the padmount transformer and a minimum of 8 feet in front of the transformer for safe operations of service.  Planting landscape material, rocks, retaining walls or putting in fences to hide the “green box” is a safety issue for both City Electric crews and the land owner.  Please click here to see a guide for landscaping in the vicinity of a padmount transformer.

City of Bowling Green Rain Garden Initiative

image3butterflyThe rain gardens will be planted with native plants to Northwest Ohio.  The rain gardens will be for public education and function to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff into the combined sewer-storm water system.   Click here to see the pictures of the new rain garden construction.

American Rivers with information on Rain Gardens on Youtube

Buckeye Yard and Garden Online:

Buckeye Yard and Garden online provides timely information about Ohio growing conditions, pest, disease, and cultural problems. Updated weekly between April and October, this information is useful for those who are managing a commercial nursery, garden center, or landscape business or someone who just wants to keep their yard looking good all summer. The newsletter can be accessed here.

Growing Degree Days and Phenology for Bowling Green:

Provides Growing degree days and plant phenology provide estimated dates of when plants bloom and insect pests activity throughout the growing season. Current degree day and phenology information can be found here.

American Standard for Nursery Stock:

This standard provides specifications for nursery growers and landscapers on the size and condition of trees, shrubs, and bulbs sold in the nursery trade. Click here for a pdf copy.