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Mulch around a tree should be spread like a donut, not a volcano. Never allow mulch to touch the tree’s bark, and do not pile it higher than 3 to 4 inches. Mulch too deep decreases the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, which can lead to fungal and bacterial diseases. Very deep mulch may also prevent rainwater from reaching the soil and tree roots. It is best to mulch with wood chips or other coarse organic material.
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If your tree is on city-owned property, such as tree lawns, rights-of-way, city park grounds, contact the Service Department at 440-871-1221.
If your tree is on your private property it is important to have a Certified Arborist who is a registered contractor in Bay Village evaluate your tree.
To report a hazardous tree, contact the Service Department at 440-871-1221 during business hours, Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. At all other times, call the Police Department non-emergency line at 440-871-1234.
If you have questions or concerns about a tree on adjoining private property we highly recommend having a conversation with your neighbor before taking any action. Finding a mutually beneficial outcome and engaging in civil discourse if always the best course of action. Trees provide us all immense benefits but can also be hazardous or detrimental. A friendly conversation and the advice of a Certified Arborist will be immensely helpful.
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Certified Arborists are credentialed by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). To earn an ISA Certified Arborist credential, you must be trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of arboriculture, and adhere to the ISA Code of Ethics. To be eligible for the ISA Certified Arborist exam, an arborist must have one or both of the following:
When you use a Certified Arborist, you can be assured they have the training and knowledge to effectively evaluate and care for your trees.
Find an arborist or verify an arborist’s credentials here.
It is very important to do some research to find trees that are not invasive, and ideally native to our region. There is no shortage of excellent, high-quality options at local nurseries.
A good resource for recommended tree species is The Tree Selection Guide from the Cleveland Tree Coalition.
The Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership (LEAP) for Biodiversity is also an excellent resource for native plant information.
Don’ t forget to note where above and below ground utilities exist so you can provide your tree the greatest possible space to grow. Large growing trees provide us the greatest benefits so think about the largest possible tree for your available space. Contact the Ohio Utility Protection Services to locate your underground utilities.
The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District sells a variety of native plant seed packets, plants, and native trees including conifers and broadleaf tree species. Additional information and an order form for their annual tree sale, which takes place in February and March, can be found here.
The National Tree Benefit Calculator is a great tool to better understand the benefits trees provide.
There are many benefits to having trees and caring for their health.
The metal, numbered ID tag on a city tree is its identification number. City trees are logged in a mapping database called Arborscope so the city can track their condition and maintenance schedule.
If you need to report a problem with a city tree, it is helpful to include that ID number as well as an address or location.