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Tree Planting Guidelines

Plan Before You Plant
Location, Location, Location. It’s everything when planting trees.
  • Trees that grow into power lines can create a safety hazard for children climbing them, individuals trimming them or crews working on electrical lines.
  • More than half of all power outages are caused by trees or limbs touching or falling on power lines.

The right tree in the right spot

  • When selecting your tree, be sure to consider its size at maturity
  • FEC recommends planting trees at least 50 feet from power lines.
  • Don’t gamble with your safety — call FEC at 979-968-3181 or 1-866-968-3181 before you dig — to locate and mark any underground utility lines.



 Tree Planting Guide

To ensure your tree doesn’t violate the 10-Foot Rule, the spread of the vegetation may require that you actually plant 15-20 feet away from the power pole.


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