Planting Guidelines

Trees can shelter your home from the elements and add beauty to your landscape. But around power lines, it’s important to plan before you plant.

Trees can add beauty and value to your home. Proper selection of trees and shrubs will minimize long-term maintenance, increase property value, enhance the environment and help ensure reliable electric service. The right tree in the right place can:

  • Beautify your house and neighborhood
  • Improve energy efficiency, as carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of a typical household’s energy consumption for heating and cooling
  • Help clean the air we breathe by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen as a byproduct 
  • Enhance the environment by helping to moderate climate, conserve water and harbor wildlife 

But planting the wrong tree in the wrong place can cause property damage, create a nuisance to neighbors or even become a safety hazard. Generally, trees that are planted beneath power lines will eventually need to be trimmed to maintain the necessary line clearance. 

There’s a perfect tree for every place, and we want to help you identify it. It’s part of our commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. Review our comprehensive brochure about tree selection and planting guidelines.

Watch part one of our Right Tree, Right Place series.

Watch part two of our Right Tree, Right Place series.

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When trees interfere with the power line that connects directly to your house, trimming is your responsibility.

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