Power Lines and Planting Trees: What You Need To Know

Planting season is right around the corner and many homeowners are eager to get started.  It’s important, however, to locate all power lines and keep the required safe height and distance when planting your new trees.

First consider the type of tree you are planting and determine approximately what height and root/branch spread it will have when fully matured.  There are 3 categories of tree sizes:

  1. Large trees are categorized as having a height/spread of more than 40 feet.  Some popular large trees include maple, oak, spruce, pine, birch, sweetgum, and linden
  2. Medium trees are categorized as having a height/spread between 25 to 40 feet.  Some popular medium trees include Washington hawthorn, goldenraintree, eastern redbud, American arborvitae, and dogwoods.
  3. Small trees are categorized as having a height/spread no more than 25 feet.  Some popular small trees include star magnolia, crabapple, and lilac.

Second, follow our planting guide to determine the safe distances from the power lines as recommended by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and The Arbor Day Foundation.

Third, before digging, be sure to call  your local utility company to locate any buried utility lines.

Finally, you have set the proper location for your new tree – enjoy!

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