If you’re planning on putting some trees on your property, it’s vital to know where you should put them in relation to power lines. Big trees that go up into overhead power lines have to be repeatedly pruned to stay clear of the lines, which can be costly and make for an odd-shaped, unattractive tree.
Also, the roots of trees that are planted too close to underground power lines can be destroyed if the lines are dug up for repair work. This is why it is always best to consult with a tree contractor and your local utility company before beginning any tree planting project.
Here are some tips on what you need to know about planting trees near power lines.
Planting Trees and Overhead Power Lines
Tree specialists and utility companies suggest that homeowners plant trees near overhead power lines pick trees that grow under 25 feet. This is called the low zone. There is also a medium zone and a tall zone.
Here’s how it goes:
Low Zone — This area goes from beneath overhead power lines to between 15-25 feet on any side of the lines. Just low-growing trees that mature from 20-25 feet must be planted in the low zone.
Medium Zone — Medium-growing trees with heights from 25-35 feet have to be planted in the medium zone. This space is around 25-50 feet away from power lines.
Tall Zone — Tall trees that grow over 35 feet must go in the tall zone which starts around 50 feet away from power lines.
Underground Power Lines and Planting Trees
Since underground power lines aren’t significantly buried, and in some instances can be buried near the surface, it’s critical to plant your trees a safe, good distance away. Doing so will aid in not having any issues while digging and can help stop your tree’s roots from sprouting around the lines. While trees and underground power lines typically “live” well together, your tree could be seriously harmed if roots have to be sliced to dig up and fix a line.
Because a tree’s roots are as wide as the tree itself, you might want to think about following the low, medium and tall zone guidelines when planting trees near power lines.
Buffalo Tree Service wants to help you in every aspect of tree care available. We are here to give you tips, tricks, and helpful hints to make sure that you give all the love you can to your trees!
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