When is the best time to plant trees?

The best time to plant trees is in the spring or the fall.

Trees and power lines often coexist without problems. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't take precautions when planting a tree.

  • Before you dig, call 811, the underground utility locator service to mark the location of underground utilities so accidental contact, damage and injuries can be avoided.
  • Choose trees that will grow no higher than 25 feet when planting near power lines. Plant larger trees more than 40 to 60 feet away from power lines.
  • Do not plant near underground utility services. Tree roots can grow and interfere with underground pipes, cables, and wires. Future repairs to these facilities also could damage the health and beauty of nearby plants and trees.
  • Pick the right spot. Don't plant trees, shrubs, plants, or other vegetation where they can damage electrical equipment or interfere with your electric co-op's ability to access it.
  • Ask Clark County REMC to come trim your tree if it begins growing near power lines; don't risk your safety doing it yourself.

Large trees - height/spread of more than 40 feet, such as: maple, oak, spruce, pine, birch, sweetgum, linden. 50 feet away from poles. Medium trees  - height/spread of 25 to 40 feet, such as: washington hawthorne, goldenraintree, eastern redbud, american arborvitae, dogwoods. 20 to 50 feet away from poles. Small trees - height/spread of no more than 25 feet such as: star magnolia, crabapple, lilac. 0 to 20 feet from pole. Avoid planting within 20 feet of power lines. When planting within 20 feet is unavoidable, use only shrubs and small trees. For more tips on smart tree planting in your community, contact your local electric cooperative or visit www.ArborDay.org.