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Plan for the Future When Planting Trees

Trees can be a major cause of power interruptions, both prolonged and momentary, for electric utility consumers. Each year, your electric cooperative invests a good deal of time and money cutting and trimming trees just to maintain a clear right-of-way for our electric lines. The lines are maintained on a five-year rotation; therefore, some older trees have been trimmed many times through the years. Cooperative members can help reduce the cost of future line-clearing projects by following these suggestions:
Look up (and down) before you plant a tree. At its mature height, a tree planted near a power line may cause costly trimming and maintenance problems for you and your cooperative. Look down to be sure there are no electric cables buried where you plan to dig. If you’re not sure, be safe and call Diggers Hotline at 1-800-242-8511.
Carefully selected and placed, a tree can provide your family with many years of enjoyment without threatening the reliability of your electric service. It can even help you conserve energy by providing shade in the summer and protection in the winter.
Good tree placement and landscaping can enhance your property’s value and prevent costly maintenance or damage to your home.
There are hundreds of species of trees that can be grown in Wisconsin. While planning your springtime tree planting, you may want to contact the University Extension Office in your county or your local nursery for suggestions. Here are just a few common tree and bush varieties that can be safely planted within 25 feet of overhead electrical power lines:

AMERICAN HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY
FAST GROWING HIGH HEDGE
ARROWWOOD VIBURNUM
HARDY RUSSIAN OLIVE
FLOWERING CRAB (many types)
TREE HYDRANGEA
TREE LILACS (many types)
GINNALA OR AMUR MAPLE
DWARF ALBERTA SPRUCE
JUNIPERS (many types)
EASTERN REDBUD
RUSSIAN OLIVE
CORNELIAN CHERRY
MOUNTAIN ASH
ARBORVITAE

 

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