Once you have decided to plant additional trees on your property, there are a few things that you should think about. One of the most important is how close to utility lines they will be. Depending on the shape and size, the adult tree will vary, so it is important to take these facts into consideration prior to planting near power lines.
Here at Five Star Tree Services, we have seen many homeowners have to move or cut down old trees that hinder utility lines as they grow. Many trees will grow so tall that their branches will need to be shaped and pruned often. Depending on the tree, this can prove to be a large amount of costly maintenance. Trees also have roots that extend into the ground, the larger the tree the longer the roots. Trees with shorter roots are a better option when placed near underground utility services. We have a few tips to help you choose the best area and type of tree to plant near utilities.
Underground Power Lines
Most underground lines are not deeply buried while others can even be seen just under the surface. When it comes to planting new trees, make sure to place a large swatch of distance between the tree and any underground lines. As the roots of the tree grow, they can become damaged as they entangle with power lines, especially if those lines are dug up for repair.
One way to ensure that your tree is far enough away from utility lines is to consult utility personnel prior to planting. They can mark out the areas that have underground lines which can help you better select which species to plant and where to position the tree. In the event that you must plant near underground lines, choose a tree that has short roots.
Overhead Power Lines
Trees naturally grow tall but some types grow taller than others. If your intended planting area is under or near overhead power lines, make sure to choose a tree that has a maximum height of 25 feet after maturity. When planting, smaller trees should be used for this low zone area. This low zone area encompasses the space under utility lines on each side of the tracks.
There are three zones that utility lines fall under, which are low, medium, and tall. A medium zone can accommodate a tree that is no higher than 25 feet when fully mature. These types of trees should be planted between 25 to 50 feet away from overhead lines. The tall zone is for trees that are a maximum of 35 feet at full maturity and should be planted a minimum of 50 feet away from overhead lines. Trees that fall outside of these lines could result in damage to the power lines and the tree itself.
Advice from Us
Planting trees near utility lines are not overly difficult but it is important to be aware of the lines when living in an urban setting. The friendly arborists here at Five Star Tree Services are happy to work with you to select the best planting area and trees for your property. We will consult with the utility providers in your area and help you find the best fit for your property. Give us a call at (416) 990-3355 to set up an appointment today. We look forward to helping you with all your tree removal, service and project needs!