Always look up before planting a tree. Tree and power line conflicts can often be avoided by following this simple advice.
When selecting trees to plant on your property, you should consider the mature height of the tree when determining a suitable planting location. Read the tag to determine how tall your selected tree will eventually grow. For areas near houses and overhead utilities, there are three tree height zones, as follows:
- Low: The low height zone extends 15 feet on either side of overhead wires. Plant only large shrubs and small trees with mature heights of 20 feet or less within this area.
- Medium: To accommodate the width of taller trees, the medium height zone begins at least 15 feet from all utility lines. Select trees that grow 40 feet or less for planting within this zone.
- Tall: The tall height zone begins at least 35 feet from buildings and 65 feet from utility lines. Trees that grow taller than 40 feet are suitable for planting in this area.
For suggestions on specific trees that are suitable for each of these zones please review our Vegetation Management brochure. Native species will often grow better with fewer insect and disease problems than nonnative trees.
Before you plant, call VA811 (formerly Miss Utility) at least three days in advance (not counting weekends and holidays) to have your underground utilities marked. They can be reached by simply dialing 8-1-1.
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