Different types of trees and shrubs grow in different ways. So you’ll want to consider how the foliage you select will mature over time, and choose planting locations that’ll ensure it grows clear of power lines – to reduce the potential for power outages in the future.
Make sure you plant trees and shrubs far enough away from power lines and equipment so that future growth doesn’t endanger energy service delivery. Consult this handy chart of the most common indigenous species, and the safest distance to plant them away from power lines.
Mature height over 50 ft, such as Sugar Maples, Oaks, Magnolias & Bold Cypress.
Mature height up to 50 ft, such as American Yellowwood, Black Gum, Elms & Hollies.
Mature height up to 30 ft, such as Redbuds, Crepe Myrtles, Dogwoods & Cherry.
When determining where to plant new trees and shrubs, apply this simple rule of thumb: Look at the tree’s tag or do a quick online search to find out its mature height, and then plant it that same distance away from power lines and equipment.
After you’ve found the spot where you’d like to plant, it’s best to do two simple things before you start digging. First, look up for any overhead power lines. You never want to plant directly under overhead power lines. And second, call 811 to find out if there are any utility lines buried underground. Both of these important steps could protect you from problems down the road.
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