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 8,400 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.
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BG Tree Commission Educational Seminar
When: Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 9-11 am
Where: Simpson Garden Park Classroom
Topic: Caring for Fruit Trees
Speakers: Grant Jones, City Arborist
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 inaugural photo contest highlighting BG’s urban forest. Citizens can submit a photo of a tree growing in Bowling Green in one of three categories: Spring, Summer, or Fall. The contest runs between March 20 and October 31. In November the public will vote for the top photo in each category. The top photo will be receive a $25 gift certificate from a local nursery or garden center. For more details and to submit a photo click here.
Priority Municipal Tree Pruning for 2018:
Our internal City tree crews will be pruning large trees and training young trees primarily on the west side of the City of Bowling Green in Ward 3. 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 2018:
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 east side of the City of Bowling Green in Wards 1 and 2. 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 City USA Program has planted over 3425 trees from May 2004 through May 2015. 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. 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.
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
The 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.
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.