How to Keep Your Trees Away From Your Power Lines
You may love your tree, but your neighbors may not. It is important maintain your trees, because they may become your responsibility, especially if they are close to a power line. Perhaps the tree was there when you bought a house, maybe you planted it years ago, but it is your issue to deal with if you receive a notice to trim or remove you trees because they interfere with a power line.
Trees add beauty and vitality to your outdoors, but they can become a safety hazard if they are too close to power lines. A large number of power outages are caused by trees too close to lines and, in such a case, standing too close to a tree in a lightning storm can be dangerous. You might not want to or have to completely remove a tree, but it is essential to call experts to prune or trim the tree so its branches and leaves are no longer close to the power lines.
It is important that you leave this job for the professionals. You may feel comfortable pruning a small sapling in your back yard, but when it comes to power lines, it can be life-threatening to take matters into your own hands. An expert from a tree company knows the most effective way to prune trees to ensure they do not pose a threat to power lines and to do so safely. You should never let a ladder come close to power lines, and if the lines are not insulated, contact with them can cause extreme injury or death.
It’s a good idea to be pro-active before you receive a notice and consider clearing out branches from power lines as a regular form of maintenance for your yard. Make it a seasonal task, and the branches will never get out of hand. Having a tree expert trim your other trees is also a good idea, and to check them to ensure they are not beginning to rot.
Kids enjoy climbing trees, but don’t let them play in trees close to power lines. In fact, if you have young children in the home, it might be an idea to have trees removed that are next to power lines. When you plant a tree, check that there won’t be problems in the future with power lines. Look for trees that do not grow to a sufficient height to pose problems. Browse through this site to find out more about tree pruning in San Antonio.
As a long time arborist and landscaper, Mark is dedicated to educating people about the joy that comes from property with healthy, trees and plants. You can find his thoughts at Tumblr blog.
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