Tips for Planting Trees

Published on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in Electric

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Now is the time for spring planting, weeding and general landscaping. If planting trees is on your to-do list, please keep these considerations in mind when deciding where to add trees and shrubs on your property.

  • Make sure you are aware of where utility lines run through your property, both above and below ground. Outages and personal injury can result when trees come in contact with electrical equipment.
  • Do not plant trees under power lines. Instead plant small variety trees at least 15 feet away from power lines, medium variety trees at least 30 feet away, and large variety trees at least 40 feet away. Maintain a clear area of at least 20 feet around any utility pole or transformer.
  • Many utility lines are underground, and you are required, by law, to contact your local utility location service by calling 811 prior to digging. They will send representatives to your property to mark the underground services for free. Never dig or plant a tree over an underground utility line. You can also submit a request online at the following websites:

It's also important to note that our chief responsibility is to provide reliable and safe electricity and recorded/prescriptive easements give us the right to access and use personal property to maintain our rights-of-way. We employ a proactive line clearance program to ensure our electric lines are free from all obstructions 15 feet on each side of the power line. This includes removing trees that are a hazard to our lines.  We also employ a long-term spraying strategy to manage continued regrowth in recently-cut areas. It effectively controls tall-growing trees and bushes while promoting low-growing plants that are beneficial to wildlife.

Following this guide will help you ensure that you have the trees you love, along with reliable electricity, for years to come. If you have specific questions, please call us at 800-492-5989.