Plan Before You Plant

With arrival of warmer temperatures, you may be thinking of replacing or planting new trees or shrubbery. The United Illuminating Company encourages you to plan before planting, in the interest of safety, protecting utility services and long-term tree health.

Right Tree. Right Place:

  • Low-Growing Trees: Trees up to 25-feet when mature may be placed near roadside powerlines.  Examples: Dogwood, Crabapple, Hawthorn, Plum and Japanese maple.
  • Medium Size Trees: Growing 25-to 45 feet in height, these trees should be planted 15-30 feet from power lines.  Examples: Arborvitae, Flowering Cherry, Magnolia, Hornbeam and Shadblow.
  • Large-Growing Trees: Reaching 45 plus feet in height, large-growing trees should be planted at least 30 feet from power lines. Examples: Oak, Maple, Locust, Spruce and Pine.

Before planting that tree or bush, dial 811 to Call Before You Dig. Have underground gas lines and other utility lines located before putting the shovel in the ground.

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