April 24, 2018

Plant The Right Tree In The Right Place

Trees beautify our neighborhoods, and when planted in the right spot, can even help lower energy bills. But the wrong tree in the wrong place can be a hazard…especially to power lines.

To avoid future electrical hazards, planting tips include:

  • Consider the mature height of trees. Any tree that can grow as tall as 25 feet or more should not be planted near overhead power lines. A mature height of less than 15 feet is recommended.
  • Do not plant near underground utility services. Tree roots can grow and interfere with underground pipes, cables and wires. Future repairs to these facilities could also damage the health and beauty of nearby plants and trees.
  • Keep areas around electric meters, transformers or other electrical equipment free of any vegetation that could limit utility service access.

Be safe! Always call 811 before you dig to locate any buried utility lines.

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