To improve your safety, reduce maintenance hassles and reduce tree-related power outages, use these guidelines when choosing and planting trees.
Parking strip under power lines — Zone 1 Near the parking strip, stick with small trees (20-30 feet). They are generally compatible with overhead power lines.
Also consider the shape or spread of the tree; a species with a spreading crown is better suited to a wider parking strip.
Front/side yard — Zone 2 Small to medium trees are appropriate here, depending on the size of your front/side yards. Medium sized trees (30-50 feet) require large private lawn areas.
Back yard — Zone 3 In the backyard, any size tree is okay — depending on the size of your yard. Large trees (50+ feet) require a large yard.
In Zones 2 and 3 Plant trees with spreading crowns at least 25 feet away from wires, sidewalks and buildings.
Trees with columnar or pyramidal forms should be at least 10 feet away.
Find a tree that’s street, sidewalk and power-line friendly in our handy tree selection considerations guide .
Watch for overhead power lines when moving ladders or tools.
Call before you dig. Dial 811 to have underground utilities marked. Call at least two business days prior to digging.
Call the PGE Tree Hotline at 800-544-1794 for advice or assistance before working on trees near power lines.
Don’t let children play in trees near power lines.