Plant the right tree in the right place!
Trees enhance the beauty and value of homes, streets and communities. But trees planted in the wrong place can cause property damage and become a nuisance rather than an asset. By planning the location and species of the trees you plant, you can ensure that the trees will be an asset to you and your community.
Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811
before each job. The 811 service marks the underground utility lines clearly so that digging in the area will not disrupt service! Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked - but every digging job requires a call, even a small project like planting a tree or shrub.
Where NOT to plant your trees and shrubs
Make sure your trees are not planted under power lines, too close to poles or around any electrical equipment. Avoid these common planting mistakes:
What to plant near distribution power lines
- Planting a tree that is small now but will grow larger over time - and grow into a power line.
- Planting trees and shrubs too close to a pad-mounted transformer.
- Planting trees and shrubs that block access to poles and electrical equipment.