Trees and Your Service
Fallen trees and branches are one of the primary causes of electric power outages. To decrease the likelihood of outages or downed power lines, we trim trees and vegetation away from electric power lines.
Trees near the electric power line that runs from the main power line to a home - called a service drop - are the property owner's responsibility.
If you are concerned about tree growth near your service drop, please call 800.552.7583 to request and schedule an appointment to have your
service disconnected so you can have the trees near this line safely trimmed. We recommend that you hire a professional tree service to do your tree trimming.
Never attempt to prune trees near power lines yourself. Only qualified line clearance tree contractors are allowed to work within 10 feet of higher voltage lines. If you have questions, please call us at 800.552.7583.
For a list of certified arborist in your area, visit the International Society of Arboriculture's website.
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 trees you plant, you can ensure that the trees will not interfere with power lines.
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 our Planting Trees brochure.
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.