Planting trees a safe distance from power lines
These are the only trees that are safe to plant within 20 feet of a power line pole.
Trees this size should be over 40 feet away from a power line pole.
The largest trees need the most room, so they should be planted over 60 feet away from a power line pole.
Steps to take before planting a tree
- Call or visit 811.com at least two business days before you dig to have underground utilities located.
- Look up and around to locate overhead power lines to avoid coming in contact with them as you plant and care for the tree, especially as it matures.
- If you have questions about where to plant trees, or the varieties best suited to your area, consult an arborist or your state’s cooperative extension service.