Know your tree so you know where it should go

Posted | May 1, 2020

Last month, we talked a bit about the need to be very careful about where to plant a new tree, especially as it relates to nearby power lines.

For those with tree planting on their spring schedules, it’s imperative to know the appropriate type and distances for trees you plant near our distribution lines, but it’s just as important to know that requirements differ for the company’s transmission system. Visit lge-ku.com/safety/trees-power-lines to see the differences between trees planted near distribution versus transmission lines.

When planting a tree note the appropriate type as related to each of the zones in the image above:

  • Zone 1: Large shrubs or small evergreens and hardwood trees with mature heights up to 15 feet.
  • Zone 2: Large shrubs or small evergreens and hardwood trees with mature heights up to 30 feet.
  • Zone 3: Intermediate-height trees with mature heights ranging from 30 feet to 75 feet. Plant these trees at least 30 feet away from the nearest power line. These varieties could be considered small shade trees or large ornamentals. Their width and height can be nearly equal.
  • Zone 4: Large shade trees with mature heights of 75 feet or more. Plant these trees at least 45 feet away from the nearest power line.

And remember to always contact 811 before you put a shovel in the ground, whether it’s to plant a tree or tackle another type of home improvement project.