Right Tree, 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:
- 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.
What to plant near distribution power lines
- Learn more about planting the right tree in the right place at the National Arbor Day Foundation's website.
- Find more tree and shrub planting information in Planting Trees brochure.
Ameren Missouri is proud to serve more than 100 local municipalities with safe, clean and reliable energy. We recognize the value of urban forests and believe in the importance of planting the right tree in the right place. We have initiated a municipal tree replacement program by partnering with municipalities to remove trees that require ongoing pruning away from utility wires. In some cases, these trees can even interfere with sidewalks and streets.
Working together to remove and replace problem trees with utility friendly trees will benefit the safety and reliability of electrical service, and improve the aesthetics of the landscape. So far, Ameren has assisted in the replanting more than 1,000 city-owned trees across Missouri.
The Ameren Missouri Vegetation Management Team would like to work with your community. Contact your local utility arborist to discuss a tree replacement program that benefits citizens and the environment alike.