Proper selection and placement of trees can eliminate potential hazards and improve the appearance of your property.
- Plan ahead so tree trimming can be minimized in the future.
- For your safety, don't plant trees directly underneath power lines or too close to electric facilities
- Consider planting dwarf trees or shrubs that won't grow tall enough to threaten power lines. Ask your local nursery to suggest appropriate tree species.
Planting a tree
- Make a hole five times the diameter of the root ball
- Never have the stem covered with soil
- Position tree perpendicular in the ground
- Water thoroughly
- Mulch with wood chips, bark, leaf mold and other organic matter
Follow the 50/50 rule by planting trees that grow to 50 feet tall, more than 50 feet away from power lines. (Examples: pine, fir, spruce, maple, birch, ash.)
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