Trees and Utility Lines

June 8, 2020 11:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When adding a new tree to your lawn, there are many decisions to make, including which type of tree and the best location. Outside of considering the overall aesthetic, when choosing the type and location, you also need to check for overhead and underground utility lines. Utility lines have a major impact on the best placement for new trees.

With the existing trees in your yard, you may not have had a say in where they were planted. In these cases, make sure you call a tree trimming service in Newton, MA before the tree branches become entangled with any utility lines. In some cases, tree removal may be necessary to make sure your family and home stay protected. Luckily, BBD Tree Service can help with all of your tree trimming, pruning and removal needs.

Here are some important tips about utility lines to consider when planting new trees.

Types of utility lines

Overhead lines transport data, electricity and communication. They are obviously pretty far above the ground, and you may not think it will cause any issues. However, if you plant a tall tree near a line, you will need constant trimming and pruning, which isn’t necessarily good for the health of the tree. If the branches come in contact with the lines, it could even cause service interruptions and potentially lead to injuries if someone climbing the tree comes in contact with the wires accidentally.

Underground utilities, meanwhile, transport electricity, data and communication, but also water, sewer and natural gas. For underground lines, you need to consider where you are digging to plant, as well as the likely growth of the roots. The best thing to do is call a local utility company, which can help you locate any underground lines so nothing is damaged during the digging and planting process. Also, if the tree is planted too close, and the utility lines need to be fixed at any point, the roots could be damaged during digging.

Size of trees

When planting your tree, you need to consider the overall growth size of the type of tree you have chosen. If the tree will grow over 60 feet, plant the tree at least 35 feet away from both the house and any overhead utility lines. Medium-sized trees stay below 40 feet and might be a better choice for a yard that has more overhead restrictions. Of course, there is always the option to plant short trees, which will stay below 20 feet. If you do not have a lot of space or need something that doesn’t need much root growth due to underground utilities, consider a short tree.

Tree trimming service in Newton, MA

Whether you need tree removal, tree pruning or tree trimming service in Newton, MA, call BBD Tree Service. Our tree care experts are ready to talk to you about all of your tree needs, providing knowledge to give all of your trees a custom level of care. Reach out today for an estimate on any service you need.

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