I want to plant a tree along the border of my property, but there are power lines in the same area. Can you tell me what type of tree I can plant that won't interfere with the power lines?

The Oncor Know Before You Grow brochure is a great guide to selecting the right tree for your property — one that doesn’t interfere with power lines at its full maturity. In general, no part of the tree should be within 10 feet, 4 inches of a distribution line. When planning your home's landscape, it is important to select the right tree for the right place. Because different trees have different mature heights, plan carefully where you plant each tree. Planting the right tree in the right place will enhance your property value and prevent costly trimming and damage to your home in the future.Good landscaping also utilizes shrubs and low-growing trees that are compatible with electric utility lines. Low-growing trees will not normally reach electric lines, and therefore will help prevent power interruptions to you and your neighbors. Trees can be a constant threat to safety if poorly located. For example, if a child climbs a tree with branches touching power lines, tragedy can result. Tree limbs in close contact with power lines can act as conductors, and a child can be seriously injured if contact is made. In addition, trees planted too close to power lines are one of the top causes of power outages for Oncor.

After you’ve selected a safe tree using the Plan Before You Plant guide, be sure to call 8-1-1 before digging to ensure all underline lines and cables are located.

-Rusty E., Oncor Vegetation Management Expert

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