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    Plant Trees Safely

    Photo of shovel digging up grassTrees enhance our quality of life and beautify our homes and neighborhoods. Yet improperly selected or sited trees can cause problems. Storms bring trees and limbs down on power lines, disrupting service and creating hazardous conditions. Even in good weather, a tree growing too close to power lines can endanger lives.

    We work hard to provide you reliable electric service. You can help by following a few simple guidelines when managing the trees on your property.

    Choose the Right Tree

    Ask your local nursery for help in selecting species or varietals. They can suggest choices that are appropriate for your landscape and climate.

    Go Small Near Power Lines

    • When planting near power lines, choose trees that will grow no higher than 25 feet maturity.
    • Plant larger trees more than 30 feet away from power lines, including your overhead service line, if you have one.

    Flowering cherry trees that will grow no higher than 25 feet are a good choice for planting near power lines.

    Plant Trees to Reduce Energy Costs

    • Plant leaf-bearing trees to the west of your home to reduce summer cooling costs.
    • Sit evergreens and shrubs where they will block cold winter winds.

    Power Friendly Tree Varieties

    • Amur Maple
    • Vine Maple
    • Japanese Snowbell
    • Goldenrain
    • Golden Desert Ash
    • Mt. Fuji Cherry
    • Japanese Tree Lilac
    • Flowering Plum
    • Serviceberry

    Keep Your Trees Hazard-Free

    Prune trees when they are young, and regularly thereafter if necessary. Inspect your trees seasonally. Look for dead limbs, forked trunks, signs of decay, leaning or lopsided trees, and branches growing into the power lines. Dead or diseased trees should be removed or replaced. If a tree is growing near power lines, ask us to trim it for you

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