Trees and power lines often coexist without problems. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions when planting a tree.
Not only do dangers lurk for the person planting the tree, nearby power lines and trees can be harmed as well. Trees growing too close to electrical lines are the primary cause of momentary short circuits and flickering lights. When it storms, tree limbs that are too close to power lines can knock the lines out completely and create a greater threat to your safety.
Overhead utility lines are the easiest to see and probably the ones we take for granted most. Although these lines look harmless enough, they are extremely dangerous.
Meanwhile, underground utility lines can be buried very close to the ground’s surface. That’s why it’s so important to call 811 before you dig.
The taller a tree will become, the further it needs to be from overhead lines.
SMALL | <20 FT
If planting within 15 feet of power lines
MEDIUM | 25-50 FT
Plant minimum 20 feet from overhead lines
LARGE | 40+ FT
Plant 50+ feet away from overhead lines