You may have seen them in your neighborhood or in a local park. When it comes to trees, Venues Parks & Arts’ Forestry Division is one of the most knowledgeable and talented teams in the city, averaging 24 years each in the arboriculture field.

So, what exactly does the team do? Check out the video to learn more about this important work.


South Bend Tree & Lawn Regulations

Standards for Planting Trees & Shrubs, in accordance with Indiana Code Section 19-17:

Tree Species

The Board of Park Commissioners, or Executive Director of Venues Parks & Arts, develops and maintains a list of desirable trees for planting along streets in three size classes; small, medium, and large.  All trees planted in such areas shall be of healthy stock, not less than 2 inches in caliper.


The spacing of tree and lawn area trees and shrubs will be in accordance with the three species size classes listed in the recommended species of trees list.  No trees may be planted closer together than the following: small trees, 20 feet; medium trees, 30 feet; large trees, 35 feet; except in special plantings designed or approved by the Board of Park Commissioners.


No tree and lawn area trees other than those species listed there in, as small trees, may be planted under or within 10 lateral feet of any overhead utility wire, or within 5 lateral feet of any underground water, sewer, transmission, or other utility line(s).

Distance from curbs and sidewalks

The distance that tree and lawn area trees and shrubs may be planted from curbs or curb lines and sidewalks will be in accordance with the three species classes listed in Street Tree Master Planning List. No tree or shrub in such areas of street intersections shall be planted less than 15 feet from the intersection of the curbs.  No person shall plant trees within 6 feet of a fire hydrant or in such a manner as to obstruct the view of any street light, traffic sign, signal device, or street intersection (Code 1962 38-17,19).  No tree, lawn area tree, or shrub may be planted closer to any curb or sidewalk than the following: small trees (2 feet), medium trees (3 feet), and large trees (4 feet).

Hedge or Shrubbery

No hedge or shrubbery planted in the tree and lawn area shall be permitted to grow more than 3 feet high.

When To Get A Permit

A permit is required for trimming, planting or removal of tree lawn trees. The property owner is responsible for planting, trimming and/or removing any tree in the tree lawn area, which includes the grassy area between the sidewalk and curb.  Prior to planting, trimming, or removing any tree in the tree lawn area, the property owner must obtain a permit.  Once the permit is issued, the property owner may choose to do the work themselves or may contact a licensed arborist to complete the work. The list of licensed arborists are below.

. To request a permit, please call 574-299-4766.

City Ordinances

Municipal Code Trees and Vegetation: Ordinance No. 10095-11


Street Tree Master Tree Planting List

Undesirable & Prohibited Trees

Why Topping Hurts Trees

Community Tree Canopy Program


Tree Canopy Program


Brent Thompson, Forester

Licensed Arborists

A Cut Above Tree Service

Eric Gold
2430 Portage Rd
Niles, MI 49120
(574) 276-8355 Business

Above & Beyond Tree and Shrubbery Service

Caleb Franklin
24961 SR 23 Hwy
South Bend, IN 46614
(574) 334-0521 Business or

Acorn Landscaping LLC

Jeffery Ritschard
3680 W. Sample St.
South Bend, IN 46619
(574) 288-6950 Business
(574) 289-1096 Fax

Alex's Take Down Tree Service

Alejandro Garcilazo
56352 Peppermint Rd
South Bend, IN 46619
(574) 876-3224 Business

American Tree Care

William Zimmerman
P.O. Box 1583
South Bend, IN 46601
(574) 287-8800 Business
(269) 683-7765 Fax

Arborcare, Inc.

James Rudolph
12750 Kern Rd.
Mishawaka, IN 46544
(574) 255-7173 Business

B1 Tree Service

Bulmaro Miramentes
24685 Nash Ave
South Bend, IN 46619
(574) 246-0993 Business
(574) 220-0111 Cell

B&B Floral Adventures

Bette Roe
26160 Lake Lane
South Bend, IN 46619
(574) 289-2017 Business

Carrillo Landscaping Services

Bernardo Carrillo Del Real
433 S Carlisle St
South Bend, IN 46619
(574) 315-1228 Business

Custom & Moore Tree Experts Inc

David Duncan
12945 SR 23 Hwy
Granger, IN 46530
(574) 272-1900 Business

Cut Rite Tree Services

Adam Hochstetter
2604 State Rd 331
Bremen, IN 46506
(574) 784-8889 Business
(574) 546-0319 Fax

Dave Talboom Lawncare Inc

Pamela Morris
26981 Kline Trail
South Bend, IN 46614
(574) 234-4883 Business
(574) 289-3030 Fax

Douglas Landscaping

Douglas Pittman
23590 Ardmore Tr.
South Bend, IN 46628
(574) 287-8908 Business
(574) 287-8199 Fax

Doug's Mishawaka Tree Service, Inc

P.O. Box 751
Mishawaka, IN 46561
(574) 259-5700 Business
(574) 259-5784 Fax

Envirovision Inc

Walter Kanoff
P.O. Box 582
Mishawaka, IN 46546
(574) 259-4357 Business

Foegley Landscaping

John Foegley
52215 N Lilac Rd
South Bend IN 46628
(574) 277-2424
(574) 277-2492 Fax

Fuerbringer Landscaping & Design, Inc

Daniel Fuerbringer
22530 Brick Rd.
South Bend, IN 46628
(574) 271-9714 Business
(574) 271-2861 Fax

Higher Ground Tree Care

Matthew Hogarth
12586 Heather Park Dr
Granger, IN 46530
(574) 276-6359 Business

Homer Tree Service, Inc

Richard Reposh
16464 W. 143rd St.
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 512-7018 Business
(815) 838-6027 Fax

Kachur Tree Service

Michael Kachur
316 Fulkerson Rd.
Niles, MI 49120
(269) 684-0664 Business
(269) 684-2264 Fax

KC Tree, Inc

Kregg Keigley
8913 E. US Hwy 20
New Carlisle, IN 46552
(574) 674-7722 Business

Kevin's Tree & Landscaping of Michiana, Inc.

Kevin Franklin
24055 State Rd. 23
South Bend, IN 46614
(574) 247-1410 Business

K&R Tree Service

Kevin Kennedy
1724 S. Grant St
South Bend, IN 46613
(574) 220-4437 Business

Miramontes Tree Service

Gilberto Miramontes
56177 Pine Rd.
South Bend, IN 46619
(574) 286-1428 Business

M.A.A.C. Property Services

Mark Schlutt
2344 Yankee St.
Niles, MI 49120
(269) 687-8845 Business
(269) 340-5918 Fax

MAT Corporation of Michiana DBA

Mark Temple Tree Service
202 S. Olive St.
South Bend, IN 46628
(574) 232-2700 Business

New Image Tree Service

Rickey Lopez
933 W Weber Sq
South Bend, IN 46617
(574) 485-7713 Business

ProCare Services Inc

Steven Solliday
10882 McKinley Ave.
Osceola, IN 46561
(574) 674-8196 Business
(574) 674-6332 Fax

San-Mar Tree

Frank Martinez
54555 Pine Rd.
South Bend, IN 46628
(574) 286-6884 Business
(574) 232-3225 Fax

Serenescapes, Inc.

Gregory Mills
21181 Jackson Rd.
South Bend, IN 46614
(574) 231-1941 Business
(574) 231-1930 Fax

Slusser's Green Thumb, Inc

Nelson Slusser
125 Montgomery St.
Logansport, IN 46947
(574)722-3102 Business
(574) 722-2993 Fax

The Stanger Group Inc

Colby Stanger
15504 CR 42
Goshen, IN 46528
574-642-3390 Business

TLC Tree Removal Inc

Tracey Cannady
P.O. Box 1332
South Bend, IN 46624
(574) 291-0233 Business


Bryan Seddon
3606 Gagnon St.
South Bend, IN 46628
(574) 233-9700 Business
(574) 233-5467 Fax

Underly Tree Service

Thomas Underly
50960 Redwood Rd
South Bend, IN 46628
(574) 272-8232 Business

Vera Cruz Tree Service

24265 Fillmore Rd
South Bend, IN 46619
(574) 288-6543 Business
(574) 288-5920 Fax

Watson Tree Service

Warren Watson
2953 E. Detroit Rd
Niles, MI 49120
(269) 683-5305 Business
(269) 683-7333 Fax