Utility services reach commercial properties through lines either above ground or planted underground. Although these services are stable and reliable, trees can interfere with utility services and cause problems for both tree health and utility service providers. In today’s blog post, we’ll look at how commercial property owners can avoid problems between their trees and nearby utility lines.
Avoid Planting Near Power Lines
One of the most obvious ways to avoid conflicts between power lines and trees is to simply avoid planting trees near power lines. Trees should never be planted near or under utility lines as their height may interfere with utility wires and will require constant and often severe pruning. Trees become more susceptible to insects and tree diseases because of the aggressive tree pruning often needed. In addition, heavily pruned trees can also hurt property values because of their unappealing shape and condition.
Contact Utility Companies Before Digging
Although there are still many power lines and utility poles above ground, a growing number of utilities are buried below ground, so it is critical to call utility companies before breaking ground. This proactive step can help prevent service interruptions, personal injury, and damage to utility property. In addition to preventing damages and disruptions to utility services, property owners can also learn where it is safer to plant tree to ensure that future expanding roots do not interfere with utility services as well.
Have Certified Arborists Perform Tree Pruning and Removal
Always have tree pruning and tree removal handled by Certified Arborists. Large mature trees can cause damage to power lines and utility poles during pruning or removal, even when they are not directly near utility lines. Many property owners, and even amateur tree crews fail to secure and properly remove large tree debris, often electing to cut down large limbs and entire trees. These often fall down onto nearby property or structures, including utility lines. Avoid damaging utility lines and angering property neighbors due to power disruptions by choosing Certified Arborists for any major tree work on your commercial property.
Trees are key assets of any commercial property, but their growth and maintenance should not interfere with important utility lines or service providers. LMC offers safe, efficient, and professional tree care services for both commercial property owners. LMC’s team of Certified Arborists can help identify ideal locations for safe tree planting, suggest tree varieties that would grow well without interfering with utility services, and correctly plant and maintain the tree for long-term health and success. Contact LMC today for more information or go online to request a free consultation.