Selecting a tree to plant is not a decision to be taken lightly, and is especially important around utility lines. A tree requires space to grow both above and below ground. The mature height and spread of the tree should remain 10 feet from power lines. Properly placed trees can lower line clearance costs for utility companies, reduce tree mortality, and result in healthier community forests. Trees can also add value to your house, help cool your home and neighborhood, and break cold winds to lower heating costs.
The following graphic demonstrates the proper tree placement around your home.
However, trees that touch or fall on power lines can cause fires, power outages, property damage, or personal injury. Trees interfering with power lines are one of the leading causes of interruptions in electrical service in Bay City.
You’ve probably seen our Vegetation Management team trim or remove trees around power lines – but did you know we also plant them? We are doing things a little different when it comes to planting a lawn extension tree this time around, and we’re asking the homeowners what type of tree they want to see planted in front of their homes. (Note: The lawn extension is typically between the sidewalk and the curb.) Tree selections are subject to availability and planting location requirements, but we will try our best to honor your first choice.