Safe Tree Planting
Spring is here and it’s the best time of year to start planting young trees. Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op knows that planting trees is a great idea. However, as beautiful as trees can be in certain places, everyone always need to be aware of the best place to plant them based on their height. Understanding spread distance and mature height of the tree being planted will prevent any dangers that could happen in the future. Trees that mature over 25 feet can cause shock, fire hazards, power outages and so many more dangers when planted too close to power lines. Just because the tree is short and far away from the power lines now, doesn’t mean it will be 5 years from now.
When deciding what trees to plant in a specific location, consider planting a minimum of 20 feet away from power lines. Trees that have a mature height of 15 feet are recommended to place near power lines, such as shrubs and bushes. Small trees that have a height/spread within 25 feet include Star magnolia, Crabapple, and Lilac. Medium trees that are 25-40 feet in height/spread include Dogwood, Eastern Redbud, and American Arborvitae. Large Trees that have a height/spread over 40 feet include Maple. Birch, and Oak.
Another location be aware of when planting trees is near underground utility services. The tree roots grow just as much as the tree itself does. As the roots continue to grow, they can interfere with underground pipes, cables and wires. If these roots cause damage to the underground wires, it could harm other plants or trees, possibly lead to removal.
When planting trees this season, take the time prior to understand the tree and the location that the tree is being planted. Make sure that it’s the correct distance so that utility services have easy access and the spread doesn’t grow into power lines. Call ahead to 811, the Ohio underground utility locator service to confirm that it’s safe to dig so there isn’t any accidental contact with underground wiring.
And, if you spot a tree getting into the lines, call us at 1-800-686-2357.