Planting the “Right Tree” in the “Right Place” will help you avoid future trimming or removal. You’ll also do your part to prevent avoidable power outages for years to come. Here are three steps to smart planting:
1. Plant The Right Tree
Trees come in all shapes and sizes, with varying root structures. Many change drastically over their lifetime. That’s why choosing the right tree is important. Especially in planning for future growth. For a list of recommended trees for your region, please visit the University of Florida’s “Trees and Power Lines” website.
2. Choose The Right Place
Choosing the right place to plant is equally crucial for longevity. Yes, “creating some shade” or “blocking an unwanted view” might seem priority. But first you should ask yourself: How big will your tree’s canopy be at maturity? Will its branches reach overhead utility lines? Where is it in relation to existing electrical equipment? As a rule, fast-growing trees should be planted a minimum of 20 feet away from power lines. The larger the power pole or structure, the farther back you should plant your tree.
3. 811 – Call Before You Dig
As you select the perfect location to plant your tree, you must also take note of underground utility lines. In fact, Florida law requires that you call 811 to locate and mark buried lines before you start digging. This free service helps keep everyone safe! Call 811 or visit the Sunshine 811 website at least three business days before you begin. The same applies to hired professionals. Some trees endanger power lines that can’t be managed by trimming. (Dying trees or exotic vegetation are two common examples.) In certain, select cases, tree removal may be our only option. If your tree requires removal, FPU will do our best to inform you ahead of time. Typically by leaving you a notification card with a scheduled work date.