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Why We Trim

Reliable power through vegetation management

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Preventing outages while preserving Gig City's beauty

Whether you live in the country or along a shady street, trees are one of the best features about living in Gig City. They are an important part of our community and help intensify the beauty of the neighborhoods we call home.

However, trees are also the leading cause of power outages. At EPB, we work with hundreds of contracted arborists to ensure the health and beauty of trees and shrubs while keeping them from potentially causing outages. If you believe you have foliage that is interfering with your power service or service lines, please submit a request below and we'll be happy to survey your property.

Trimming Guidelines

  • We only trim foliage that poses a potential hazard to primary power lines, or those that supply service to your property according to specific EPB guidelines.
  • As a property owner, you are responsible for trimming trees that interfere with service lines running from a transformer pole to your home or building. However, we want you to stay safe during this process. Therefore, we will lower your service line to allow your contractor to trim or remove foliage and then reinstall service at no charge.
  • We trim trees to a minimum clearance of 10 feet from power lines. Limbs may be trimmed a little more for higher voltage lines and fast growing trees. We also trim limbs overhanging lines as high as possible to prevent them from contacting uninsulated conductors.
  • We use lateral trimming methods—cutting tree branches back to the parent limb – as well as directional pruning to redirect growth away from power lines. If you have trees growing directly under power lines, we encourage you to let us remove it. We’ll cut down the tree and grind the smaller limbs while leaving the logs behind in manageable lengths, all at no charge.
  • Our arborists follow the National Electric Safety Code and ANSI A-300 guidelines as endorsed by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the International Society of Arboriculture in an effort to preserve the health of your trees.

Where to Plant

Anticipating future growth is key to knowing the best places to plant.

Fall Planting Tips

See why the cool Fall weather is best for new trees and shrubs.

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