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Tree Planting Tips

Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place

Ameren Illinois believes in "planting the right tree in the right place." To avoid potential tree and wire conflicts, Ameren Illinois offers a brochure to assist in selecting appropriate tree species and planting guidelines when planting near electric wires.

If you are planting new trees, keep these tips in mind:

  • Plant the right tree in the right place. Avoid planting trees directly beneath power lines, near poles or too close to electrical equipment. Use the diagram below as a guide to safe spacing from overhead lines for various species of trees.
  • When planting under or in close proximity to power lines, consider planting small trees and/or shrubs that are of a limited height (max. height 10-12'). 
  • 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 trees and shrubs.
  • Download our Planting Large Trees brochure for more information about safe planting

Additional  Resources

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

It is the mission of the Illinois Division of Forest Resources to protect, perpetuate, restore, conserve, and manage the forest and related resources of Illinois, both public and private, rural and urban; and to ensure for future generations the greatest economic, scientific, and social benefits that can only be provided through a forest ecological system.

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International Society of Arboriculture

ISA exists so that professionals, allied professionals, public officials, and consumers worldwide recognize the economic, environmental, and societal benefits and values of trees and their care at a cost that demonstrates the wise stewardship of resources. 

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Morton Arboretum

The Arboretum conducts leading scientific research on tree health and tree improvement, collects and displays trees for study and enjoyment on the grounds, offers educational programming for adults and children, and presents nature-related activities year-round for people of all ages and interests.

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