Arborist

Mission & Overview

The mission of the Bowling Green (BG) 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 a 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, stormwater management, energy savings from summer and winter extremes, and quality of human health.

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 and 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.

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.

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 a 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 a qualified line clearance tree worker. They are using proper pruning techniques as outlined in the ANSI A300 Standards for Tree Care Operations.

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 landowner.

Buckeye Yard & Garden Online

Buckeye Yard and Garden Online provides timely information about Ohio growing conditions, pests, diseases, 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.

Growing Degree Days & 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. 

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.