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    Vegetation Management

    Find out more about how we manage trees and shrubs around power equipment. Refer to the resources below for more information.


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    Because trees grow and mature to different heights, pay special attention to where you plant each specific type in relation to power lines and poles. Trees that mature 20 feet high or less, such as Dogwoods or Crape Myrtles are ideal. Trees that mature less than 40 feet tall should be planted at least 30 feet from utility poles. Trees that mature to 60’ or more and have wide canopies, such as Oaks and Elms, need to be planted 65’ from utility poles.

    Trees will be trimmed a minimum clearance of 10 feet from power lines. Limbs may be trimmed further from higher voltage lines. Limbs overhanging lines will be trimmed as high as possible. We will make every effort to eliminate weak, diseased, and dead limbs above the wires that may fall or blow into the wires.

    We coordinate the pruning of nearly 70,000 trees each year. Utilizing six foresters, 44 tree crews and 125 contract employees in the field, these experts carefully clear a path for power lines while maintaining a healthy, beautiful landscape. Plus, they work directly with customers to answer questions and address any issues well before work begins.

    It's best to plant shrubs, bushes or vines at least 3’ to the side of, or 12’ in front of ground-mounted transformer boxes.

    Do not plant climbing vines near power poles or guy wires, and do not plant shrubs or vines within 3’ to the side of, or 12’ in front of, ground-mounted transformer boxes.

    It is very important to call 811 and have your underground utilities marked for free and to notify electric, gas, sewer, telephone, fiber optics, internet, and cable services at least 48 hours before you start digging.

    Our arborists use lateral trimming methods; cutting tree branches back to the lateral or parent limb. If there is no lateral, the branch may need to be cut back to the trunk of the tree. Lateral pruning is healthier for trees because it helps allow the tree's natural defenses to seal the cut and prevent the spread of disease or decay. In addition, we use directional pruning that redirects the growth of the tree away from the power line. In some geographical areas, such as rural areas, we may use mechanized techniques in addition to lateral pruning.

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