Thursday, March 14, 2013

How tall is that tree going to grow?

As spring planting begins to enter your mind, new trees may be part of your landscape plan.  Winter ice and summer thunderstorms show the effect trees can have on the flow of your electric service, which is why it’s important to think about more than just the tree.  So while you make plans for what threes will enhance the look of your property, make sure you LOOK UP to see how those trees will affect the overhead utility lines.

Decorative trees generally don’t grow extremely tall, such as a Dogwood that reaches a mature height of about 20 feet.  But those big hardwood favorites that bathe a yard in shade during the hot summer months can get much bigger.  Maple trees will grow to between 60 and 80 feet tall when mature; oak trees can reach 75 to 80 feet; and the might sycamore can reach upwards of 115 feet when fully grown.

Don't let this happen to your shade trees - think before you plant!
A good rule of thumb to consider is to plant trees at least as far away from utility lines as the tree is expected to grow. When it comes to trees your power company needs your help in maintaining a constant flow of power for you and your neighbors.  Please plant responsibly.  

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