Utility lines aren’t something we often think about, but they play a key role in where you should plant a tree. For example, take a look outside. The utility lines you see can be electric, telephone, or television. On the other hand, underground utility lines consist of water, sewer, and natural gas. Keep in mind that depending on where any of these lines are located, they will directly impact the health and safety of a tree. That’s why Westcoast Tree Care would like to provide you with the following information concerning Corvallis tree care and utility lines.
Overhead Utility Lines
Overhead utility lines are something we see on a daily basis but somehow don’t really notice in regards to trees. It’s essential to know that planting trees near power lines requires regular maintenance, such as trimming and pruning. However, trees that are constantly pruned to keep them from entangling nearby power lines are usually stressed, therefore, more susceptible to insect infestation and disease. Furthermore, trees that come in contact with nearby power lines can cause service interruption or harm or death to those below. That’s why it’s essential to think about where you plan to plant a tree before placement to eliminate any of these hazards.
Underground Utility Lines
It’s important to know that most utility lines run below the ground. That’s why it’s essential to plant trees away from them to prevent them from damaging lines, causing expensive repairs. At Westcoast Tree Care, our ISA-certified arborist recommends Corvallis homeowners play it safe and contact their local utility companies to be certain you don’t accidentally dig into any lines. Also, keep in mind that it’s never smart to just assume the underground utility lines are buried deeper than a tree’s roots will grow.
Tree Planting Best Practices
Below are some Corvallis tree care planting tips when it comes to utility lines:
For trees expected to grow 60 feet or higher, it’s important to plant them at least 35 feet away from your home. This will provide them with plenty of space for root development while minimizing any potential damage to nearby structures. Trees like this are perfect when you have a large property with no overhead restrictions.
Medium-sized trees that grow 40 feet or less can easily create a beautiful landscape with the right bushes and shrubs. As mentioned above, you still want to provide plenty of space between nearby structures and plant them away from any overhead power lines.
If you have a smaller property, it’s best to plant trees that won’t grow any taller than 20 feet. When you plant, make sure to leave a circular area around its trunk to create a buffer zone so that when you mow or trim your lawn, you won’t nick or damage the tree.
How Westcoast Tree Care Can Help
If you have a tree on your property that’s too close to nearby utility lines, it’s best to contact the certified arborist at Westcoast Tree Care. In some situations, the solution could be something as simple as trimming back some branches. However, trimming and pruning should only be done by a professional with plenty of skills, experience, and specialized tools.
On the other hand, a tree removal service may be needed to keep your home and family protected. At Westcoast Tree Care, we have plenty of experience to get the job done right. We regularly tell homeowners that removing trees is a dangerous task that carries the risk of harm or property damage. That’s why it’s critical to leave these projects to a professional.
Our ISA-certified arborists are committed to providing the best Corvallis tree care services. Unlike other companies in the area, we will walk your property with you and answer any questions you may have before providing you with a no-cost, no-obligation quote for any necessary tree care services. Not only that, but you can expect the highest quality of work. Our customers appreciate the fact that we are fully licensed and insured to reduce any homeowner liability. Contact us by filling out our online form or give us a call at 1.800.767.8733 today.