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How to Safely Trim Trees Near Power Lines


When trees grow too close to power lines, they can become a serious safety hazard.

Trees are a beautiful addition to any property, always reliably providing shade and aesthetic appeal—not to mention the host of environmental benefits. However, when trees grow too close to power lines, they can become a serious safety hazard. If you’re facing this problem, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the regulations and best practices for trimming trees near power lines to ensure as-needed easy access for reliable utility service—and to generally ensure the health and safety of all nearby.

Don’t Trim Solo!

First and foremost, it’s important to note that trimming trees near power lines is by no means “jump right in” DIY project. Not only is it a dangerous job, but also one highly regulated by local(/state/federal…) law, not to mention power company policies. It’s therefore imperative to hire a professional tree service to handle the task—at the very least, when first learning the 

A Steady Approach

A reputable tree service will trim trees near power lines for two primary reasons: safety and utility service reliability. Trees conduct electricity, which means that if their branches grow too close to power lines, they pose a significant risk of electrocution and accidents. Trimming those branches back prevents the risk of electrical conductivity causing accidents and electrocution. Additionally, branches that come into contact with utility lines could cause outages or fires, especially during windy weather conditions. Trimming tree branches helps to prevent these types of outages from occurring.

A Time to Trim…

The process of trimming trees near power lines depends on various factors, such as the tree’s growth rate, location, and the previous trimming practices used. The trimming process should only be done by experienced professionals who know how to handle the job safely and effectively. While trimming for the purpose of electrical wires might not result in as good of an appearance for the tree as just letting it grow, bringing in a team of experienced professionals to get the trimming done will keep the tree healthy and safe for years to come.

Once the tree has been trimmed or removed, the debris should be turned into chips that can be used for mulch and other purposes. This helps to decrease the amount of waste that might otherwise be put into landfills.

Reminder: If you’re planting new trees, it’s important to keep potential tree and power line safety in mind. Research and select power line-friendly trees that won’t grow too tall or interfere with power lines once they’re mature. This proactive approach will prevent problems from occurring in the first place.

Closing Thoughts

Trimming trees near power lines is not something to take lightly. It requires the expertise of a professional tree service to ensure the safety of everyone involved and reliable utility service. By hiring a reputable tree service, you can be confident that the job will be done correctly, and your property will remain safe and visually appealing. Remember to also keep power line safety in mind when planting new trees, and choosing “power line friendly” in terms of terrain and land features for easy as-needed access down the road.

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