Tree Planting Tips

Trees near house illustration. Plant the right tree in the right place. Plant taller trees away from overhead utility lines. Tall trees such as: maple, oak, spruce, and pine. 40 feet height or less= Medium trees, such as: washington, hawthorne, and goldenraintree. 25 feet height or less,= small trees, such as: redbud, dogweed, and crabapple. When planning your home’s landscape, it is important to select the right tree for the right place. Because different trees have different mature heights, plan carefully where you plant each tree. Planting the right tree in the right place will enhance your property value and prevent costly trimming and damage to your home in the future.

Good landscaping also utilizes shrubs and low-growing trees that are compatible with electric utility lines. Low-growing trees will not normally reach electric utility lines, and therefore will help prevent power interruptions to you and your neighbors.

To learn more about planting the right tree in the right location, please read our Selecting The Correct Tree For The Correct Place (PDF) brochure. In it, you will find a list of trees that are compatible around power lines and information regarding where and when to plant trees around your home.

This page offers tips on what trees do best, and where to plant them, in relation to electrical power lines.