Planning ahead when planting a tree is key. The right kind of tree located in the right place is a critical factor in helping prevent tree-related outages and increased line maintenance costs.
Making a good choice from a list of approved tree species can ensure a long and healthy life for your vegetation. Trees or shrubs which reach mature heights of 8 to 15 feet can safely be planted near low-voltage distribution lines. Trees or shrubs with a mature height greater than 15 feet should never be planted near power line right of ways, as pruning or removal may be necessary. Please also be aware of planting shrubs near pad mount transformers.
State law requires you to have underground utilities located before you dig. Be sure to call the Diggers Hotline at 811 or 800-331-5666 at least 48 hours before you plant. Utilities such as underground power lines, cable TV, gas, telephone and sewer lines will be located and flagged at no charge.