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“Tree Doctor” Voted Best of North County

Since 1985, Russell Bowman has been delighting residents of North County with his plant expertise. So, it’s no wonder Bowman Tree and Plant Care Specialists has recently been named the San Diego Union-Tribune Community Press’  Best of North County” for landscaping. Lovingly referred to as the “tree doctor” and “landscaper extraordinaire” by his clients, Bowman is known for transforming sickly gardens into Disneyesque wonderlands. 

Using his own proprietary blend of organic micro-biotics, Bowman treats plants at night—a trick he picked up during his time as a horticulturist at Disneyland. 

“When you treat plants at night, they have enough time to absorb the materials before being penetrated by the sun’s rays.” He said. “That’s why, when most people are winding down their days, eating dinner, and going to bed, I’m often out treating plants and trees.” 

He’s done more than care for sick plants though, he’s revolutionized both residential and commercial landscaping with his fertilizer tanks. 

“When you give your body proper nutrition, it affects your overall health and boosts your immunity to diseases that you might come into contact with. The same is true for plants and trees.” He said.  Bowman specially retrofits tanks and feeds complete nutrition delivery biology to replenish the missing healthy soil biology. This works with a client’s current irrigation system so that each time the landscaping is watered, the needed soil biology is replenished. 

“This is the secret to keeping your property looking like a five-star resort.” He notes.  He’s also quick to point out that healthy plants are also environmentally friendly.  A healthy plant will be more efficient at photosynthesizing sunlight into oxygen as well as at using water.  Bowman has had clients report a thirty percent reduction in their water bills after installation of a fertilizer tank, while their gardens remain lush and vibrant. 

A favorite example of the efficacy of replenishing the soil biology is a pair of neighboring Jacaranda trees and lawns.  The owners of the property on the left used Bowman’s fertilizer tank, which not only made their lawn greener but also caused their tree to continue to bloom happily for four months after the tree on the right had lost its last purple flower. 

Bowman’s dedication to plants is unwavering.  He often drives three hundred miles a day, visiting customers around the county, finishing at ten or eleven at night. In addition, he donates his time and expertise for the trees at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, the Rock Church in Point Loma, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, the YMCA, Stone Brewery in Escondido, and San Diego Botanic Garden. He also served with the San Diego Rose Society in Balboa Park for 12 years. 

“My calling is to beautify the earth, making trees and plants healthy,” he explains. “I’m not formally trained. The Master Gardner taught me everything I know. I’ve learned that when you love something, it’s not something you have to do; it’s something you want to do.”   

To learn more about Bowman and his services, visit or contact Russell for a complimentary consultation at 858-499-9417.