The City of Bay Village has two full time City Arborists responsible for assessing and maintaining trees on city property, including "street trees" on residential tree lawns.
The Tree Commission works with city staff to preserve, fortify, and improve our urban forest.
Tree Care Guidance
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service has compiled an excellent Tree Owner's Manual (PDF) with useful information on:
- Tree selection
- Installation / planting
- Care and maintenance, including watering, mulching, and pruning
- Common problems
- Benefits of Trees (PDF)
- Buying High Quality Trees (PDF)
- Tree Selection and Placement (PDF)
- Proper Planting and Care of a New Tree (PDF)
- Proper Mulching Techniques (PDF)
Oak wilt is not a new problem, but a problem that increasingly threatens not only Bay Village but all communities with oak trees. Oak wilt is a deadly fungal disease that typically is spread by insects from spring through summer, but can also be spread underground by grafting of roots with other oak trees.
While there are some preventative treatments on the market, there is currently no cure once infected. It is important that when pruning and maintaining oak trees to make sure you are aware of the pruning window to best minimize the threat and exposure of oak wilt to your tree, which is from October 1 to April 15 (fall, winter and early spring). For more details, please see check out the bulletin on Oak Wilt prepared by the Ohio State University Extension office.
A qualified contractor that staffs an ISA certified arborist will be able to guide and schedule appropriate maintenance procedures for your oak. For a list of registered tree care professionals, please contact the Building Department. To find a certified arborist, check out the ISA’s Arborist Finder and search by location.
Please note when using the ISA Arborist Finder that Mike Polinski and Pat Scott will show at the top of the list when using the Bay Village zip code. These individuals are employees of the City of Bay Village and are not for hire to address private property concerns.
In 2019, Bay Village contracted with Bartlett Tree Experts to do an inventory and visual assessment of city trees. This project was completed with financial assistance from the Cuyahoga County Healthy Urban Tree Canopy Program. The assessment (PDF) will help the City prepare a maintenance and planting schedule for the more than 3,000 city trees. You can view the ArborScope interactive tree inventory map online.