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. While the City Arborists are available to consult, trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.
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
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).
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.
For more details, please see check out the bulletin on Oak Wilt prepared by the Ohio State University Extension office.
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 will help the City prepare a maintenance and planting schedule for the more than 3,000 city trees.