I have power lines in my yard. Which type of trees should I plant near or under them?

Trees for Energy Conservation April 27, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

You should always avoid planting trees directly under power lines. Planting off to one side of the power line is preferable. Whenever you consider adding a new tree to your property, you should always evaluate the site for your new tree, including overhead utilities. Other site considerations include if the soil is wet or dry, if the area is sunny or shady, and if there are any underground obstacles.

Trees that mature at a height less than the height of the power lines, usually under 25 feet tall, are best for this application. Take your site information with you to a reputable nursery and work with its staff to select your new tree.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.