Landscape & Tree Planting Guidelines
For efficient and safe operation of equipment and power lines, the clearing of trees and brush in right-of-ways is essential. Branches that come in contact with power lines can be potential fire hazards, trigger power outages and can endanger lives. Trees or brush that threaten the reliability of our electric service will be pruned or removed.
Keep the following tips in mind when planting trees or other vegetation:
Plant trees away from underground utilities to prevent roots from interfering with underground pipes, cables and wires. Future repairs to these facilities could damage the health and beauty of nearby plants and trees.
If you are planting trees on your property, make sure to never plant them directly under or within at least 25 feet of power lines for shorter trees and at least 40 feet away for medium-sized trees. Refer to the chart below.
The University of Minnesota Extension Office has developed a list of recommended trees for planting in our region that lists the full grown height and width of each recommended species as well as whether or not they should be planted near power lines. Click here for more information.
Always look up. Make sure to always look for nearby power lines before you cut down any tree or trim branches. If a tree falls into a power line, contact People's Energy Cooperative right away. NEVER APPROACH A DOWNED POWERLINE!
Keep areas around electric meters, transformers or other electrical equipment free of any vegetation that could limit utility service access.
If you have trees growing or leaning toward power lines, contact People's Energy Cooperative. Never try to prune them yourself. We can recommend skilled professionals to safely trim trees for electric line clearance.