The best way to avoid having to prune trees to avoid contact with power lines is to plant the right tree in the right place. If you are planning to plant a tree in your yard, you can help reduce power outages for you and your neighbors by following these simple steps to smart landscaping:
Choose the right tree.
Before making your selection, be sure to determine how tall and wide the tree will be at maturity and how deep the root system will be.
Select a native plant, which will require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides to maintain. A list of native plants and trees can be found here.
Choose the right spot.
Remember to look up to make sure you are clear of any power lines. Pick your spot based on the mature size of your tree to ensure there will be enough clearance as it grows. (See the diagram.)
Call before you dig.
What you can’t see can hurt you! At least three business days before you dig, call 811 to have underground utilities marked for free.
Dig-ins on underground utility lines can be dangerous to you and to crews who must make repairs, and repairs are costly. Damage to the lines can also disrupt service to your entire neighborhood.
Also, please see our tips on how to safely landscape around pad-mounted transformers.